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PART 2: BRING ON THE ART!

April ’94 and with only a 1 week break the night resumes in the basement bar of the Green Man near Warren Street, but has now moved to Saturdays. It was at this venue that the first of many Spin-offs occurred. Miles was discovering more and more ‘far-out’ acts to book, mostly performance artists. Damien Hirst was just hitting the headlines, and art was going to new places- even nightclubs! But this didn’t always sit well with punters who just wanted some good rock and roll, and so was born ‘Art Action’.

Running on alternate Saturdays at the same venue, Art Action became something of a haven for the weird and wonderful. Dan Segar was spending all waking hours doing ever more outrageous fliers, and both nights were doing well. On one night the venue got covered in pasta shells for some sort of performance, while everyone wandered around with painted faces. On another occasion the contents of the pub toilets came floating through the bar, but this was due to the toilets flooding for the second week running, and signalled our departure from venue number 2 in July.

By this time, Studio Neurotica was up and running, and a few sporadic nights occurred there in summer and autumn, until rent arrears forced a hasty exit. By December, Club Neurotica was one year old, but now venue-less. We blagged a Friday night at Camden’s Monarch (now the Barfly) for a well deserved one-year birthday bash on December 2nd 1994, and at the same time secured Saturday nights at the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town. The venue had a pretty crappy reputation but was in the Camden loop and a good place for new bands.

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