I'm very disappointed at the downturn in Apollo Club over recent years.
What used to make it stand out from other venues was the calibre of revival music being played by DJ's such as Eddie Regal and Admiral; grassroots DJ's who understood the music they were playing and could always play something new and different, but still remain within the revival genre.
The crowd was also varied and included a large section of 'big' people, coming in couples and groups and out to enjoy themselves, that brought a real ole skool feel to the venue.
Anyone that attended Apollo last night looking to be entertained by revival DJ's would AND were, extremely disappointed that it has now been taken over by Vibes FM radio presenters, who spend far too much time talking amongst themselves and cracking dry jokes, instead of playing music. Who walk around with the same record boxes drawing the same old tunes that we hear from them week in, week out.
They will have seen people standing around and sitting down, unable to catch a dance because the music being played wasn't worth dancing to, or because they felt the need to keep pulling up every tune like it was big, rather than standard.
They will have found that they had to pay £7.00 for a double drink. £7.00!!! Now that's just being plain greedy.
Apollo needs to go back to being the once a month revival reggae connoisseur music venue that it used to be, with grown DJ's playing for grown folks and move away from this Vibes FM style that seems to be taking over London raves.
Don't get me wrong, I am not against Vibes FM or their DJ's, I've attended many of their dances and venues, but I know what to expect when I'm going there - everyday tunes for everyday ravers. Revival DJ's they are NOT!