The Paradise Garage
It feels a huge honour to be bringing Paradise Garage to London this summer. Arguably the most significant underground music institution of its time, the Garage was a shelter for everyone who embraced its message of acceptance and love and is still celebrated with religious status for many New Yorkers. Gay, straight, black and white were equally at home and it became a sanctuary for lots of people on the fringes of what was considered the norm, in a much less progressive time.
A prototype for the modern day club, the Garage set the standard with its ethos, music and sound. Head resident for the 10 years it was open was Larry Levan who together with Frankie Knuckles and Nicky Siano inspired a new generation of DJs with pioneering techniques . Their importance in the progression of the scene and the wider electronic music community thereafter has been immeasurable.
Paradise Garage closed in 1987 under tragic circumstances after the outbreak of HIV/AIDS greatly affected its community and took the life of owner Michael Brody as well as thousands of others at the time. Yet still the legend lives on, lets party like its 1977. Brockwell Park here we come.