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Coordinates: 51°29′3.604″N 0°7′31.659″W / 51.48433444°N 0.12546083°W / 51.48433444; -0.12546083

Whirl-Y-Gig is the longest running world music dance club in London.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It was set up by Ros Madden as an experiment of the Association of Humanistic Psychology in 1981, who passed it on to the capable hands of DJ Monkey Pilot four years later. Ros Madden died on 20 October 2011 in Luton. Monkey Pilot plays a wide range of music in the club, primarily world music/dance music fusions, but also many other genres. Whirl-y-Gig is hailed as one of the central venues for people from London's alternative community.[7]

Whirl-Y-Gig also appears at festivals, showing both live bands, who are mixed on the spot by DJ Monkey Pilot, or DJ sessions. They appear at such festivals as Beautiful Days, the Whitby Musicport Festival and the Sunrise Celebration. They have also appeared at the short-lived Canterbury Fayre and also at Womad Reading. They also run their own record label called Whirl-Y-Music and have organized their own festival, the Whirl-Y-Fayre, which took place in August 2013.

Whirl-Y-Gig's have featured artists such as Banco De Gaia, System 7, Dreadzone, Astralasia, Eat Static, Loop Guru, Baka Beyond, Transglobal Underground, Another Green World and Kamel Nitrate.


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  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (28 October 1995). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 52–. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Victor J Kennedy (1 January 2008). Hypomanic- Mad in England. Chipmunkapublishing ltd. pp. 43–. ISBN 978-1-84747-419-3. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Timothy Dean Taylor (12 October 2001). Strange sounds: music, technology & culture. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-93683-5. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Buckley; Justin Lewis; Rough Guides (Firm) (1996). Rock: the rough guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-201-5. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Musical opinion supplement. Musical Opinion. July 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2002/aug/06/artsfeatures.popandrock Deborah Schofield, Holistic hedonism - Silks and incense still uplift clubbers' senses as Whirl-y-gig celebrates its 21st anniversary, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 6 August 2002

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