The last ever Gigantic club night took place in Lavery’s on August 19, but an equally massive night is about to replace it.
Gigantic was Northern Ireland’s longest running club night in Lavery’s Mister Tom’s Lounge.
As of September 16 (Culture Night) it will become Loop – a club night intending to break the fascination with house/techno and to surprise, entertain and hopefully educate younger audiences with a style that has been poorly represented.
Loop was created by local DJs Jamie Nelson and Jamie Nevin, promising music that has been left behind and under appreciated. To that end the wonderful Kaidi Tatham will be the first guest artist.
The Two Jamies created the night after seeing many small/medium size venues eventually closing down or changing tact over the years, resulted in both feeling quite dispirited with the future of Belfast club life.
As popular as techno/house nights have been, the duo believe these type of club nights are coming to a saturation point.
Loop hopes to break new ground and give developing local artists a chance to show Belfast what they’ve got, as well as bringing in bigger names. It intends to inspire the crowd deeper and get to know artists that are under-represented in the city and to bring a victory for everyone.
The duo plan to offer a proper eclectic policy that all ties together. Having never been fans of adhering to one or two genres, simply for the sake of maintaining a variety and interest, they have honed their skills over the years to provide for this, and it shows in their DJ sets. Expect music that will follow a narrative, but will be equally as enjoyable at any point of the night – they never rely on filler songs to tell their story.
Also involved in the new club night is London based, Belfast born vocalist/PR Jess Brien. She said: “Belfast nightlife always guarantees great craic with night’s that are always full of the best people you’ll ever meet. However, what happens if you’re not into the doof aka techno/house? Or want to see up and coming local artists?
“The first guest artist is one of Belfast’s hidden treasures Kaidi Tatham. After catching him a couple of times in London and loving his eclectic sets, I was surprised to find out that he was not only based in Belfast but had somehow met my granny on a walk one afternoon in Holywood! The beauty of how small home is.”
Kaidi began releasing releasing music in 1999, but has been a session musician most of his life, so his mainstream influence, maybe more so in Northern Ireland, is often overlooked. Behind the scenes, he is an international legend, with so many credits and recordings to his name. It’s staggering to look at his back catalogue and see who he’s worked with, and what impact he’s had in UK music – namely playing a key part in the creation and development of broken beat – and the part that he continues to play in delivering great music to the world. When you hear him DJ, the natural talent, soul and energy he emanates is infectious, and his passion shines through in his performance.