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Coordinates: Slimelight (sometimes referred to as Slimes) is a London club night. It is the longest running alternative-dark scene club event in the world, and has been at its present location, Electrowerkz, since 1987.
The club takes place every Saturday night from 10 pm until 7:30 am. The venue has 3 levels with 2 stages, and 5 distinct areas—usually Slimelight has 2 or 3 dance floors open. Most of the ground floor exists due to a pop up restaurant from Carsten Höller which co-existed with the club for several months.
A variety of music genres are played, pre-eminently: electronic body music (EBM), futurepop, electro-industrial/aggrotech, darkwave, goth rock/deathrock, batcave, old-school synthpop, coldwave/new wave, old-school EBM, Anhalt EBM, industrial metal, power noise, industrial/post-industrial and crossover electronic music, including: dark techno and dark trance – spread over 2 or 3 dance floors. The club was a members only night club, any new members would be required to be nominated by a minimum of two existing members, during the club nights in the early nineties the club would often show art-house and alternative horror movies to entertain club goers when not dancing on the one dance floor. The nights were frequented by people who wanted to express themselves freely by their sense of fashion. The majority of the club members in the mid nineties would be either new wave hippies, gothic or S&M.
Pre Slimelight concerts take place on a regular basis which normally include free entry to the club, and from time to time live acts appear as part of actual club night. Artists who have appeared at Slimelight over the years include VNV Nation, The Crüxshadows and Nitzer Ebb.
The club night started out in the 1980s as a club in Ladbroke Grove, London. At that time it had the name the Kitkat Club at the Pleasure Dive.
The club's facilities were rather basic when it was first started. The name comes from the fact that for a brief period in the summer of 1987 the club was held in a disused church on High Holborn, and "The Slimelight" is a parody of The Limelight, another famous club of that era which was also located in a church in London's Shaftesbury Avenue. Over the years the club has been renovated and upgraded to feature all the mod cons of a proper nightclub, however it retains much of its decaying, abandoned feeling, due partly to the architecture and the state of disrepair of some facilities. It is now going to be demolished by developers as Islington councils propose to use it for increased revenue. "Refurbishment of site for town centre uses such as retail, offices, cultural and community uses. The existing arts spaces (D1/D2 uses) should be retained. An element of conventional residential accommodation may be acceptable should amenity considerations be addressed."
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- From the website http://www.islington.gov.uk/publicrecords/library/Planning-and-building-control/Publicity/Public-consultation/2013-2014/(2013-09-09)-Site-Allocations-(adopted-June-2013).pdf