Glasgow’s longest running club night, Divine!, is hosting a special live stream DJ set to celebrate it’s 30th birthday this weekend – and everyone is invited to roll up the rug and join the party.
Divine! was established in July 1990 by DJ Andrew Divine “as an excuse to play my favourite records up loud” in the Victoria Café at Glasgow School of Art while he was studying there.
Since then it has established a solid-gold reputation via its unique 60s & 70s vinyl soundtrack, featuring a mix of northern soul, deep funk, dynamite ska, garage punk, psychedelia, latin beats, funky soundtracks – with the nights akin to ten retro club nights rolled into one.
The night has since shifted online to keep the tunes sounding and the party going amid the coronavirus pandemic, with ‘Divine!-at-a-Distance’ being broadcasting live from Andrew’s attic in Glasgow’s southside twice a month to new fans and old regulars all over the globe.
Speaking to Glasgow Live about the 30th birthday bash, Andrew said: “I was planning on having a big night with live music and guest DJs and obviously that can’t happen.
“I’m really looking forward to trawling through the collection and putting together a sort of greatest hits set. I’m going to try and keep it mixed, playing a mixture of northern soul, ska, garage punk, Latin, 60s’ R&B and everything the night is known for”.
Divine enjoyed a 22-year-long residence at the Art School, and saw plenty of touring musicians such as Jarvis Cocker, Courtney Love and Jack White drop in on a Saturday night, and became an essential hub for local bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.
After the Art School closed for refurbishment, Divine! moved to The Admiral Bar for 7 years, alternating with The Rum Shack on Pollokshaws Road in the south side before recently relocating to Saramago in the CCA on Sauchiehall Street.
Andrew puts the night’s longevity down to his continued search for new music and desire to play new tracks to people at Divine.
“I think it’s because I’ve always got an appetite for hearing new music and I always want to share my new discoveries with peope. So long as there’s new music I’m always keen to share it. If I got bored doing it that would be the time to stop but in 30 years that’s never happened.”
“Another big part of the long-running success of the night is that, basically, everything I do revolves around vinyl – I’m either designing record sleeves (doing graphics for Jazzman, Athens Of The North, Triassic Tusk and various independent labels) or buying, selling and trading records or out and about playing them in public at my three current residences in Divine! at Saramago in the CCA, Singles Night in the Rum Shack and Platform at The Arches.
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And while he is looking forward to the big (online) birthday bash, he can’t wait until things get back to normal and he is able to spin those sweet sounds to people in the CCA once again.
“It’s been a really good way of connecting with people doing it online and hearing people tuning in from the likes of Berlin, New York and Dublin.
“But obviously I’m very keen to get back to doing it in real life.”
The Divine! 30th Anniversary is broadcasting live tomorrow (July 25) from 9pm to midnight.