As of 4pm today, the shock announcement of the end of Optimo - one of Scotland's, and by extension the UK's, favourite mash-up clubs - is ceasing regular outings after 12 and a half years of sold-out nights, hot talent and many a memory for punters.
Thanks to The Niallist for his heads up.
Full press release:
After 12 and a half years (or around 650 Optimos), we have, after a
huge amount of consideration and many sleepless nights decided that
Sunday April 25th will be the LAST EVER night of Optimo (Espacio) at
The Sub Club.
We have loved doing Optimo with all our hearts, but our hearts are
also telling us it is time to call a halt to it. Playing at,
organising and promoting a weekly night takes up an enormous amount of
energy and there are so many other things we want to do that some of
that energy is needed for our other projects. We also need to get our
lives and weeks back a little bit and take on new challenges and
opportunities (we have to turn down an awful lot of opportunities by
being committed to being in Glasgow every Sunday and being wiped out
We will continue to tour, promote and release music as Optimo but it
will no longer be possible to hear JD Twitch and JG Wilkes dj at The
Sub Club every Sunday night.
However, it is not completely over. Twitch played at the Sub Club on
Sunday nights for two years before Optimo started and was involved in
a Sunday evening club for a few years before that, so it is hard to
let go of Sunday night events in Glasgow completely. Twitch and Wilkes
will continue to promote Sunday nights at The Sub Club under an as yet
to be announced name. The new night will give a platform to the
plethora of great djs in Glasgow, bring djs we love to Glasgow and
bring live acts nobody else would bring to this city. Sometimes Twitch
or Wilkes will play alongside them and sometimes Twitch and Wilkes may
play together on a Sunday night but, without Twitch and Wilkes playing
together weekly, it won't and can't be Optimo.
Who know what this new venture will morph into but whatever, we hope
that the anarchic spirit we brought to the Sub Club in 1997 will
continue to prevail on Sunday nights.
So, there are 7 Optimos left. Hopefully we will see some of you before
the end. We absolutely intend to go out with a bang.
It's not over until the fat lady sings.....
You heard them! Catch Optimo every Sunday at the Sub Club, and more info on their farewell event will be published soon.