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Clubs Editorial

gearboxoct18.jpg We’re only here for the Gear(box)

Anyone remember Gearbox, the club night held in the backroom offshoot of the legendary Mayfair rock club back in the 1980s? It was rebooted earlier this year and was such a success that it’s happening all over again in early November. (Warning: This article contains spoilers for the 1968 version of ‘Planet of the Apes’.)

Every time that I walk past The Gate in Newcastle I mentally (and sometimes physically) put my head in my hands and scream: “You finally really did it – God damn you all to hell!” in the manner of Charlton Heston at the end of ‘Planet of the Apes’ when he sees the Statue of Liberty sticking out of the sand. It’s not that I particularly hate the identikit bars and restaurants that make up the Gate per se, but I still can’t get over what this monument to ‘2 for 1’ cocktails and ‘Cheap Pizza Tuesdays’ replaced: The Mayfair, one of the best venues in the north. Gearbox was just one of the legendary nights that was held there, a place where you could hear a mix of post-punk, goth, indie and new wave (think: The Cramps, Sisters of Mercy, Bowie, Killing Joke, The Smiths, Joy Division, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Blondie, New Model Army, Human League and more). It was revived in July to much whooping and it’s back this November with more alternative 80s classics than you can shake a fish-netted leg at.

Gearbox Reboot, Saturday 3 November, Reds Bar (within Northumbria Student Union), Newcastle, 8pm-2am, £5. (Note: You don’t have to be a student to gain entry.)