Revival at Plug
Review of Revival at Plug, and chat with DJ and organiser, Ben Gath.
World-renowned DJ Alistair Whitehead who has graced the decks of Cream, Ministry of Sound and Gatecrasher to name but a few was joined by Ben Gath and Reece Bird for a night of classic house nostalgia at Plug. With wall to wall '90s classics soaked with uplifting vocals and live sax from local musician Cat Miles (Cat on Sax) the night certainly set in stone the beginning of something beautiful. One raver said "it was like being transported back in time, when we were young and carefree. You try to leave the dancefloor but it just keeps pulling you back". DJ and organiser Ben Gath is set to be putting on more nights like this in the future so all you over 25's with a passion for some classic club tunes, keep your eyes peeled for the next event, it's not to be missed! We caught up with Ben after the show who has gave us an insight into his inspiration to organise the event.
"Having numerous years of DJ experience across Europe and being involved in clubbing events, I took a long break to raise my daughter, have my own family and generally "grow up". Very much like my friends and family were doing and seen as the norm as you get older. Eventually, I missed the good old days, my friends missed the good old days and there was a surge in popularity for classic house music. Classic DJs seemed to be making a huge comeback and seeing other classic nights develop in other parts of the country made me think it was about time Sheffield joined in. And why not, when we had amazing club nights such as Love to Be, Gatecrasher and Hed Kandi on our doorsteps at one time.
I started last year by organising a charity event for my 4 year old nephew Ollie, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 1. This was an amazing night for family and friends and I knew I could take it further, bigger and better. Unfortunately our nephew passed away shortly after the event but his parents have since formed a registered charity called Team Ollie, in his honour to help other families of young cancer patients. A few months ago my brother Damian was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease and he too started a support group charity called ADAPT. Both Ollie's parents and my brother inspired me to make this happen and it was always my plan to help raise funds for these two amazing charities. It was a case of being able to support them, as they are close to me, and it was also about bringing back a club night the older generation can enjoy.
I was overwhelmed with the turn out on Saturday for the Revival launch party and it was a total success. The venue, crowd and atmosphere was absolutely amazing.
We had Allister Whitehead and Reece bird play blinding sets and I took over to the finish. The crowd loved every minute of it. Our resident Saxophonist Cat Miles was amazing and added an extra quality to the event. We also had a photographer on the night, Madara Veidemane, who has developed some fantastic shots and captured some great moments.
I would like to add that all the Plug staff, from the bar staff to management, did an amazing job with helping us out and the venue looked perfect. Everyone who attended, came purely for the music and I cannot have wished for a better group of people. They were friendly, happy and up for a good night. We had people dancing in every part of the venue. It was a proud moment for me to witness the beginning of something that can go a lot further and to see all those happy faces.Since Saturday, we have had some great feedback and numerous people asking when the next one is going to be, which to me, sums up the night. There will be another event soon but not until us oldies have had a chance to recover from this one!"
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