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Afters
(Formerly Afterssential)
@ Subway City
Livery Street
Birmingham

Sunday mornings from 4am
£7/£9. Membership: £3
If you like the Sundissential crowd, sometimes a bit messy, then this is the place for you.
Afters started as Afterssential at Subway in July 2002, as Sundissential's weekly after-party, for those who just can't stop, and ran as Afterssential until the Autumn of 2003.

Starting at 4am it runs through to 10am, and reflects the fact that Sundissential finishes at 4am.

The music was variable over the first few weeks with a mix of interesting good hard DJs along with some rather ropey unimaginative ones. One week saw the "warm-up" DJ turn deVit's "The Dawn" into something resembling a pneumatic drill - the breakdown just flashed by, blink and you missed it... you get the idea... and this was the START! God only knows where the tempo was supposed to go from there - gabba anyone?

Later months saw things develop well though, with some of the Sundissential residents like Strange Dave playing regularly along with the usual hard dance circuit suspects like Paul Glazby, Ian M etc. The atmosphere is very friendly, and reminds me of the old Pulse days, though that crowd have now long disappeared from the Sundissential scene.

The backroom playing some good funky tunes is popular.

It's like joining near the end of someone else's party... which, I suppose, is exactly what it is.

Below are some photos taken early in Feb 2003.

Update: Summer 2003
After an extensive discussion on the Sundissential discussion board and threats from clubbers that they would raise the matter of the lack of free drinking water at Subway City with the licensing authorities, a water fountain was installed.
Update Autumn 2003
Well the club has been renamed as "Afters". This follows the end of the financial arrangement between Sundissential and Subway City during the Summer of 2003, amid some acrimony.

Afterssential is to move to new premises at a bar on Broad Street as of New Year's day 2004. In the meantime Subway now runs its own after-party, for Sundissential clubbers and others. As they had largely done this anyway, there's nothing particularly new here other than the change of name, and a lack of SS logos, as well as the not insignificant fact that Subway no longer pays Sundissential for the use of the Afterssential name.

Once Afterssential opens on Broad Street, (or should that be "if"?) there will be some competition, but these two after-parties are likely to be somewhat different beasts. Afters offers full club facilities, and is about the same distance from Sundissential at Cobarna as Afterssential will be at 9 Bar, (the old "Stoodibakers"). Afterssential will be in a bar, albeit a nicely furnished one, but one with less in the way of either dance floor or chill-out area. Whether the market is large enough for both to survive is debatable. Certainly some of the SS crowd were not keen on Subway either because it looks scruffy or because there were gay guys there which some people complained about on the SS web board. Those folks should enjoy the more clearly heterosexual and nicely appointed 9 Bar, though whether there's enough of them to sustain Afterssential there for long is another matter. Come the New Year and we shall no doubt find out.

In the meantime Afters continues to offer an excellent after-party, playing both hard and funky dance music with some top-rated DJs in its lineups.

New victims of my photographic forays: Debbie & Gary
30.03.03
 


Jason, Bro' and Mate



Tom


Michael & Carl
(Ikon it's NOT!)


Tom

Now this pic on the right is unique in my experience. Afters has a resident masseur, Wally, whose services are much in demand and very useful too - he sorted Michael's (see pic above) knotted calf muscle out a treat one week. Well the pic on the right shows Alex, the promoter of Afters, giving Wally, the masseur, a massage! There's not many places I know of, (in fact up to now this is the only one), where the promoter is good enough to massage the masseur, and decent enough to do so. Alex... RESPECT!... well, let's make that just "respect!" after you've tried to use a water fountain to justify increased prices! :o)






Strange Dave



Fairy Tale Tattoo
(No, it's not your eyes; it's a bit out of focus - sorry)


 
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