Jodie Harsh centre stage with Circus regulars, friends and colleagues.
Five years ago, in one of the most famous of all London clubs - The Soho (Raymond) Revue Bar - DJ/promoter Jodie Harsh cracked the metaphorical whip to open the doors on what would become one of the most talked about and renowned club nights in the world, Circus.
The, then monthly, event was spread over two floors in the famed bar nestled in Walkers Court, Soho's only remaining and enduring notorious red light area, came after a number of club nights in east London close and the avent garde crowed they attracted began to move back to something newer in central London. It was a club night the 1980s never had but always wanted.
No other club night at the time was focused upon such a creative, outspoken and hedonistic crowed and focused mainly around the London fashion scene that was in its infancy. Not long after it's launch, Circus became one of the most talked about and desirable weekly club events that soon attracted some of the now biggest names in fashion; Nicola Formichetti, Luke Day, Alexander McQueen, Kim Jones and Hedi Slimane. It was regularly featured in
i-D, Dazed and Confused, Super Super and not long after, the mainstream media from London to Tokyo.
Staying ahead of the game, and the aural trends, some of the biggest names in music span tracks on the famed raised decks; Peaches, Siouxsie Sioux, Rosin Murphy, Robyn, Friendly Fires, Kissy Sellout, The XX, Fenech-Soler, Grum and William Orbit - the producer of Madonna's Ray of Light album who played my 22nd birthday at Paramount, the third venue for what is still one of the greatest clubs worldwide - and the best club only has their logo designed by the famed graphic artist Eine.
In celebration of this landmark event, famed photographer Tim Bret-Day shot a multi-dimensional exhibition featuring a film by Thomas Knight and music by Kris di Angelis. Exhibitioning at Bond, on London's Kingly Street, W1 from this Thursday until Saturday, the exhibit features myself, Jaime Winstone, Lisa Snowdon, Sadie Frost, Margo Stilley, Mika, Matthew Horne, Daniel Lismore, Jonny Woo, Immodesty Blaze and Circus 'family' Alexis Knox, Scottee, Kris Di Angelis and of course Jodie Harsh as ring leader.
Whilst this week's events at the gallery celebrate the past and future of Circus, the main event, The 5th Anniversary event, sponsored by Motorola takes place this Friday at Cafe de Paris in London's West End - not far from the original Walkers Court venue. What is set to be one of the most exciting and no doubt memorable events of the year, tickets are available from Unconditional on 16 Monmouth Street, London, WC2 for £10 or from ticket web for £12 - and more on the door.
It will be an event to never forget...