Club UK (Wandsworth)

 

Club UK, based in Wandsworth, London, had a capacity of 1400 people and was basically a warehouse with three different rooms. The Techno Room, The Pop Art room and the main hall. The club had  two main nights,

On Friday was the clubnight "Final Frontier", a techno and trance party organized by Universe, the organisation responsible for the Tribal Gathering festivals. The Final Frontier nights started in March 1994 and lasted until 1997, after which they continued in the Complex Club in IslingtonResident DJ's were Gayle San, DJ Dag, Jeff Mills, Mr. Oz and Tin Tin, Laurent Garnier and Carl Cox. Clubnight Final Frontier is chosen as number 5 in Music Magazines Top 50 clubs of all time behind Studio 54, Dorian Gray, Paradise Garage and Limelight.

On Saturday nights house music was played and resident DJs were Steve Harvey and Biko. Also DJs like Graham Gold, Steve Proctor, Fabio Paras, Luvdub and Paul Kelly stood regulary behind the decks.

The club experienced several police raids. The first one was in December 1994 on a Friday night. In October 1995, 150 police raided the club on a Saturday. Operation Blade involved dogs, horses, and the Territorial Support Group. 800 clubbers were turned out on to the streets, and many searched. 10 people were arrested. The police raid on Club UK was carried out with TV cameras in attendance, correctly described by the clubowners as a 'media circus'. It seems the raid was deliberately timed to provide a story on which to hang the launch two days later of a new anti-drugs campaign called SNAP (Say no and phone). Ironically the police launched this campaign at Club UK's South London rival, The Ministry of Sound, a place where drug use was just as widespread.

Image : Dancefloor at Club UK, photographer: Jonathan Flemming