20 Years of Vibe
In the winter of 1994 Vibe Promotions came to Brick Lane with a vision. Having put on Acid House Parties around the world and run events up and down the UK as well as managing artists – they were looking to find a place to create something special.
Vibe partnered with Ofer Zeloof and set about bringing together a whole troop of talented creative people who wanted to make a difference – through their work, passion and contribution to the world.
What a journey it has been.
We were often told in the early days by many in the industry that “no one is going to go to Brick Lane…”. Soho dominated events and Camden and Notting Hill were destinations…but the east was simply “unviable”. We shared our dreams and so many others got involved and made their dreams become a part of a much bigger aspiration.
The rest, as they say is history…
There are so many people we love and want to thank: but this is not goodbye. Indeed, it is a logical progression for who we are, what we believe in and what we think about experimentation, art, music, love and life.
Two decades is quite some achievement in a world where venues and promoters come and go. It has been so exciting to work with such an array of talent and passionate enthusiasts. So many highlights but to name a few:
DIESEL’s launch party for their Covent Garden store
Duffer of St George
Jockey Slut Magazine Party
FRIEZE first ever Art Fair
Irvine Welsh “Filth”
Tam Dean Burn
Claudine Spiteri – you’re a legend, Hungry ever after
MTV Base One Year of broadcasting from Vibe Bar
The Guardian party
The Telegraph party
The Battle of Ideas Satellite Festival series of events
Worldwrite & Worldbytes Charity
Pete Townsend playing acoustic set with VH1
Talvin Singh hanging out with Madonna
Goldie, Grooverider, Cleveland Watkiss, Ray Keith, Norris da Boss Windross, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, DJ Spoony,
Ray Shell performing from “Iced”
Lynne Page & dancers
Jon Wright & Vee
UK Garage Awards & Clubavision
Chilli Crab Festival
When Worlds Collide
Burlesque & Cabaret Festivals
BBC East London Doc
MTV on Vibe
Gettin’ Hectic New Year’s Eve(s) several
Penge Party with Jason Lorimar
Sancho Panza New Year’s Eve
Graduate Fashion Week
Smile & Wave
Brick Lane Festivals – with Pete Doherty, Norman Jay, David Rodigan & many more
Channel One Reggae Sound System
There of course are so very many more. We thank you all – and of course most importantly all of YOU. The public – the people, our friends that have over the years come and danced, listened, partied, met & married, split up, made up, created, innovated and generally made this part of London such a magical experiment and possibility.
You may well see some press about recent issues in Brick Lane, & Tower Hamlets licensing. Indeed, we think that there has been an overly narrow minded and petty attitude of licensing and police that have imposed a curfew on anything beyond 1am – preventing later night temporary extensions (TEN’s) for bars, clubs and even restaurants! This ultimately affects all of you, the public.
London is supposed to be an international city. Too many restrictions on what venues can do – and how they need to run and often provide policing services – are detrimental to UK business, creativity and recreation. There is a London-wide group of venue owners, restauranteurs and members of the public who are putting a statement together about UK night time economy and restrictions. If you do want to find out more, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not, however, have any time for bitterness. Music & events have proven to be a catalyst for creativity in the whole post war period. From Carnaby Street in the Swinging Sixties, Kings Road in the Seventies, Camden in the Eighties and Brick Lane in the Nineties and Noughties…night time activity, brings together talent and youth from the worlds of fashion, art, business and technology all of course merging with the thing that touches our souls…music.
So – let the music play.
In these next few weeks, we invite you to come along and enjoy that unique and hybrid special experience that can only come about from the special blend of us all together.
Please come and join us to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Birthday weekend from Friday 7 Nov through to and including Monday 10th November –
Friday 7 : Vibe Residents with special twist
Sat 8 : Spread Love, DJ’s Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, DJ Spoony, Norris Windross
Sun 9 : All day DJ event
Mon 10: Open Mic final showcase of young talent
Our aim has always to be a place for new up and coming talent. Fresh and young blood. New ways of trying out and doing things. When you walk in to The Vibe Bar, anything has been possible.
We are going to keep dreaming. Keep creating. Keep on moving on. We shall keep you all posted with any new plans. Thank you for making this journey so incredibly amazing. We love you.
Vibe Bar. Culture, Content, Love, Life.
21 Oct 2014