London’s premier haunt of garage bands over the last thirteen years or so, the Dirty Water Club in Tuffnel Park has sadly run its course. The management team of PJ Crittenden and sound wizard The Professor have gone their separate ways. The weekly gigs, every Friday night, will run until June 19th when Gonn, The Masonics and Speak & the Spells play the final show.
Thanks for the memories and R.I.P.
Dirty Water Records (not exactly the same thing) will take over the booking of occasional gigs, but these will be on a less frequent basis. Born out of Slim Chance’s Wild Western Room gigs at Archway’s St John’s Taven, the club has, over the years, provided a monthly residency for Billy Childish and his Buff Medways and Musicians of the British Empire plus garage, punk, rock ‘n’ roll, r’n’b, psych and exotica from America, Europe and home.
Bands who have played include The Monks, That Petrol Emotion, The White Stripes, Steve Diggle, Vic Godard & the Subway sect, MC5s Michael Davis, Jim Jones revue, The Priscillas, The Widebeests, Muck & The Mires, The Vicars, Dutronc, The Nuns, My Drug Hell, King Khan & The Shrines, The Fuzztones, Frank Sidebottom, CeeBeeBeaumont, Pete Molinari, Len Price 3, Armitage Shanks and hundreds of others.