I woke up yesterday to a barrage of R.I.P. Le Bateau notices across the usual social network sites and, although I’ve probably only been there maybe twice in the last ten years, it still seemed sad knowing that I never would again! But that’s not to say I’ve haven’t put my time in on Duke Street and it’d be fair to say that I spent a good (or bad) part of the 1990′s in there in one form or other, whether it be as a dj at Uptight, failed club promoter at Angel and Under The Influence, photographer at Fuk Dup Ravers and Voodoo or just a drunk dancer like everybody else at everything from the early band nights when bands like Oasis played (I’ve met at least 60 of the 20 people that were there that night), the brilliant 60′s night that Mick and Rob did on a Friday that I can’t remember the name of, Voodoo and Voodoo X and God knows how many other nights along the way. It was an old fashioned, dirty rundown club that was always being promised with a makeover that never happened but it was a nightclub that a lot of people held close to their hearts and judging by the notices I saw yesterday, a lot of people are still very sad to see it go. So farewell, to Le Bateau and all who sailed in her and thanks to Peter Lee, Beth, Jules and Danny, Sam Jones & Claire, Trevor, Meg, Mounsey, Steve Shiels, Scooter Paul, Mark Johnson, Andy Nicholson, Skitch, Secret Weapon, Karl, Lucy, Mindwinder, Janine, Lucienne and a whole lot more. Oh and whilst the ship may have sunk, Liquidation lives on and as of tonight it’s gone up hill to Magnet which is a perfectly logical home and long may Liverpool’s long standing night of musical indie brilliance continue!
The photographs (all taken in the old days on film by the way) are from Liquidation (one of them anyway) Fuk Dup Ravers and Voodoo!
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