is opening a club. If you’ve been to underground parties in Shanghai in the last five years, you probably saw this coming.
Their Halloween party worked as an unofficial opening for the place, drawing a bloody ton of partygoers – find photos of that on STD’s tumblr here
We caught up with STD frontman R3 aka Reggie Laxatives
to find out more about the place:
By all accounts, STD’s Halloween/anniversary party was wicked. What was your impression of the space on that night?
It was a fantastic night and I think the fact that we were doing an underground party in the FC that no one really knew anything about added something special to the occasion. The space itself is great. It’s functional, it’s laid out well and being quite a way underground it makes it really badass. There were definitely some issues on the night that were flagged but all very manageable and should be rolled out in time for Tiga on Dec 1st
We just heard the news about the place, and it’s already about to open – how long have you been keeping mum? Was that difficult?
I’ve had my eye on the place for a while and the S.T.D. 5 year party was a great way for us to get a feel of the place before it’s official opening. Since then, with all the great feedback we got, everything has moved along pretty quickly and we decided to go full steam ahead it. We’re all very excited to tell everyone now.
What’s the name, Arkham, about?
Well it stems from H.P. Lovecraft
and Batman. Arkham Asylym in the Batman comics is where Batman locks up all his craziest foes. I just thought Shanghai needs a place like that. Somewhere people can go completely nuts.
What kind of dancing will Arkham inspire?
Hopefully more macarena
and less gangnam
. Somewhere between flash dance
and lord of the dance
What do you aim for Arkham to do for Shanghai’s scene?
I think it’s there to fill a gap and hopefully compliment the other spaces that are already doing well in Shanghai. Because of the size of the space and the fact we can accommodate both live and electronic music, that’ll really help add something I think. Shanghai’s always suffered in mid-size venues and in particular with live music. It’s strange, because Shanghai is a perfect city to throw mid-size parties and I think finally we’ll have that space we’ve been waiting for.
What kind of environment will people find there?
Well, the place is actually underground so it’s got that kind of vibe when you first walk in. When you get to the main room… it’s like a trimmed down version of Mao Live
. In terms of environment and atmosphere, we will still make sure there is a high quality of events and parties there so the quality of the experience will be high regardless what night you go. I think it’ll be a cool place where underground music fans and people that just love to party can get mashed together. It’ll be like a beautiful car crash of colours and music.
What’s up with the sound system? Will there be much club lights? What kinds of booze is for sale and how much will it set me back?
Sound system will be there, yes. There won’t be too much excessive club lights. They are definitely all set up and probably be used more for live shows as DJs prefer having a VJ or whatever. The space kind of feels like a warehouse and I want to keep that vibe running through it. Booze will be pretty cheap. 40RMB for a gin tonic, something like that. We’ll have a decent selection of local and imported beers and some cider plus all your usual house spirits etc. It’ll be affordable for sure.
Besides massive STD shows (we’re pumped for Tiga to on December 1st) what else will happen there?
Well, in December, we are working with a variety of promoters to try and let them get a feel for the place and for us to get a vibe of the promoters. Usual suspects will be coming through from Void
to Acid Pony Club
and from Phreaktion
to Stockholm Syndrome. All the cool cats wanting to thrash out some fun stuff. TICT too I hear!
Anything else we should know about the club?
I’ve hidden easter eggs around the place. Blue ones, red ones, rainbow ones, half eaten ones. If you find one and bring it to the bar you get a free…
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