I think after Ladies Night 3 I said that if I ever suggested organising a party so complicated again then somebody should shoot me. Setting it up was totally knackering! Looking back now almost 2 years later I suppose we can be pretty proud of the line-up. We may never better it.
There was a Kitsune band from New York, 2 Scottish bands who 2 years later are now becoming a pretty big deal, a really wonderful selection of Guest DJs (the Kenickie ladies, who travelled up form Newcastle, were delightful and sent me a lovely thank you card), and a great selection of stalls. Here’s a wee video clip of the dancefloor action.
The “Hunky Secret Treat” Guest DJ was none other than Justin Currie of Del Amitri, a proper famous guy who has had 2 singles go Top 40 in the US – here’s the video of Iain OC introducing him on the night. (Mr Currie is a lovely guy – his appearance actually came about as a result of a random chat with him one night in Sleazys.) Here’s what we had to say about the party beforehand:
Our star live headliners are French Horn Rebellion. Robert and David are a shiny electropop duo from Brooklyn, New York, who came to our attention last autumn with their tremendous single “Up All Night”, which you might have heard being played all over Radio 1 and 6Music. Mixmag made it Electro Tune of the Month, Artrocker gave it 5 stars for its “sparkling synths and vocal bridges of epic scale” and to top things off Kitsune chose it for the highly prestigious opening slot on their latest Kitsuné Maison 8 Compilation. FHR are visiting Pin Ups as part of a UK tour to promote their new EP “Beaches and Friends”, out 1st March.
In support of FHR will be the sweet harmonic indiepop of Maple Leaves (fronted by Anna Miles) and a band that those in the know are calling “the best new band in Scotland” (!), Conquering Animal Sound (fronted by Anneke Kampman).
For Ladies Night 3 we’re also welcoming the most stellar cast of Guest DJs that Pin Up Nights has ever assembled! Tracyanne and Carey (Camera Obscura), Adele and Ailidh (Sons & Daughters), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Emmy-Kate and Marie du Santiago (Kenickie), Manda Rin (Bis) and a very special “Hunky Secret Treat” (whose handsome identity we are keeping a closely guarded secret) will all be on the decks during the night to keep you on the dancefloor.
The first 100 ladies to arrive will receive a special Goody Bag, and we will also be once again be setting up a “Vintage Village” (this year with help from the Made in the Shade girls) for stallholders selling jewellery, comics, vintage clothing, sweets and loads more.
Overseeing all the chaos and hilarity and filling in the gaps will be the Pin Ups DJs dressed in our best drag gear (joking – or are we..?) and all-lady DJ collective Bow Peep who, after entertaining the Kitchen at September’s Circus and Hogmanay, will be making their Main Room DJing debut!