Club Night Profile
Sadly departed, and deeply missed, Trash was a pillar of the London club scene. Drawing lovers of music, fashion and flirting together with an open-minded, anything-goes policy, Trash defined Monday night clubbing.
After stints at Plastic People and The Annex, Trash found its spiritual home at The End in 2000, and went on to become an institution. A true renegade, Trash broke new ground week in week out and after exactly ten years closed their doors for the final time.
Trash was home to the most colourful, creative and dedicated crowd in London town. Couple this with one of the most open-minded and innovative music policies around, and you had a truly legendary London club night. Electronica, indie, nu wave, soul, punk, hip hop, pop and everything else in between all found a home in the Trash DJ box.
With Erol Alkan at the helm, Trash set trends, broke talent and throughout its existence maintained a position at the forefront of everything exciting that was happening in underground music. As a result, Trash grew to be one of the scene's most important nights, and a platform for new talent. It became the best place to catch live shows from emerging talent before they broke into the mainstream. Over the last few years, Trash put on unforgettable live shows from cutting edge acts that at that time were relatively unknown, including Scissor Sisters, Bloc Party , The Rapture , The Klaxons and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Still at the top of its game, Erol decided ten years was the perfect moment to call it a day, and on Monday January 8th, Trash held its final party. With nearly 2,000 people trying to get in to the venue at once causing a queue to loop the building, once inside the atmosphere was electric. With crowd surfing, people hanging from the ceiling and a soundtrack of Trash classics this became one of The End's most epic and historic nights, and for all the people lucky enough to get in, it will not be easily forgotten.
With Trash now confined to memories, Erol's new project Durrr has taken the reins. Taking over where Trash left off, Durrr will continue to provide a platform for the most exciting live bands and the best music for a truly unique and beautiful crowd.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS (LIVE), EROL ALKAN, RORY PHILLIPS
JANUARY 22, 2002
Erol Alkan: We booked them to play at the right time, when people started believing in the band. You don ’t expect a thousand people on a Monday night but there was a level of hysteria about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the time which just seemed to pick up pace and people flirted with it. There was a sense that the band were very special and people actually needed to be there. Every band gets treated equally and has the same platform to shine on but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' performance was one that just resonated with everyone.
Liam O ’Hare (The End's Operations Manager): They’d had a flurry of bands such as Peaches and Gonzales , which we knew were going to be huge. But the Yeah Yeah Yeahs broke all records for Trash - we had 1,000 people on a Monday night, which is unheard of. No one did gigs on a Monday back then, let alone club nights. Nowadays everyone does it. They wiped the floor with the crowd. [Singer] Karen O mesmerised everyone. They ’d never worked with a sound system like ours before and it elevated them higher and higher. Jaws were on the floor.