Tag Archives: Trades Club

Saturday night, Trades Club

Saturday 24th September 2022, 9.25pm (day 4,048)

Trades Club, 24/9/22

It’s increasingly easy to find excuses not to go out on a Saturday night, or indeed a Friday or any other night, at least if ‘going out’ means ‘being expected to move energetically in response to the promptings of rhythmic music’, i.e. dancing. But I just about managed it at the Trades club this evening. And it was welcome enough.

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Disco (throwback)

Friday 30th July 2021, 10.15pm (day 3,627)

Disco, 30/7/21

Discos/nightclubs — possibly the worst venue for photography, at least with my mediocre equipment. But, I don’t care! Because we were out in a nightclub! How 2010s is that?

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Friday night out

Friday 1st March 2019, 11.25pm (day 2,745)

Red Helen night, 1/3/19

Dreadful photo, but a fun night out in the Trades Club. This is about the best that can be done with my camera in such an environment, but evening photos have disappeared from the blog lately and I do want to acknowledge that now and again, I do still have a social life.

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Trades Club

Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.10pm (day 2,487)

Trades club dancers, 16/6/18

It is of course impossible to produce a decent photo of people who are moving, in club lighting, with my crappy camera, without using a flash.

But one can try, dammit. One can try.

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Trades club bar

Friday 23rd March 2018, 10.40pm (day 2,402)

Trades bar, 23/3/18

Great night out, thanks again to the wife and Red Helen for the music. Terrible photography, but that’s 10.40pm on a Friday night for you.

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Trades Club, Friday night

Friday 12th January 2018, 9.50pm (day 2,332)

Glitterball, 12/1/18

Planet Glitterball oversees the fun and frolics at the Friday night disco in the Trades Club. I remember going out. Not necessarily coming home, but that’s a story for Saturday morning. Perhaps.

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Red Helen

Friday 17th November 2017, 9.25pm (day 2,276)

Red Helen, 17/11/17

Red Helen DJs at the Nutclough City Limits night at the Trades Club every couple of months or so. She used to run the legendary Brighton Beach nights in Leeds. We are lucky to have her. This woman is one of the few people in the world who can get me dancing. As happened tonight.

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May Day street party

Monday 1st May 2017, 4.30pm (day 2,076)

Street party, 1/5/17

Am I making a political point? Well…. not as strongly as I certainly would have twenty years ago, and probably would have ten years ago. But it is May 1st, International Labour Day and all that, and at least this party don’t have plans to abolish it, like the other lot of moronocrats. Vote L…. well, just vote, is all.

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Bar at the Trades Club

Saturday 10th December 2016, 11.20pm (day 1,934)

Trades bar, 10/12/16

This blog has simple rules, and only a few of them, but I stick to them, and they shape what appears in subtle ways. The one about only using what ambient light is present at the scene certainly does, and is the reason why there end up being relatively few photos like this one. I do have a social life…  but I don’t have expensive lenses and I don’t carry around a tripod so in low-light environments like clubs, it’s just very difficult to produce decent shots. Still, this one isn’t bad, and depending on what happens for the rest of today (I post on Sunday morning) you might yet get another shot from the Trades Club’s ‘Spectrum’ 80s music night for tomorrow, too. A good night out was had all round…

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Saint Etienne at the Trades Club

Friday 24th June 2016, 9.40pm (day 1,765)

Saint Etienne, 24/6/16

This was Clare’s night out as though I knew of this band I didn’t really care one way or the other about them. However, having seen them, they were bloody good. And Sarah Cracknell (right) is completely gorgeous. It was 1996 all over again I’m telling you. Taking photos of gigs is like football matches though — I take lots, but very few ever work out. I don’t have the equipment and I’m usually stuck in the same vantage point. Still, it’ll do.

Perhaps there is some irony in seeing a band named after a French football team the evening after the announcement of the disastrous referendum result. I apologise to the rest of the planet for the 17 million people I happen to share an island with who seem to think that isolationism is a valid response to the world’s problems. I wasn’t the only one in the room tonight weeping for the future.

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