Seminal alternative club promoter Simon Hobart was found dead outside his house last weekend, after reports suggested he slipped and fell.
Through his ownership of Nag, Nag, Nag venue Ghetto,
Simon first made a massive impact on
My nightclubs are for people with more sense than money and more style than most, Simon told the Sunday Times when they anointed him king of their made up bad taste clubbing scene in a typically frivolous piece March 2004. Theyre for people of all shapes and sizes, who are united in one thing: having fun. Nobody with attitude gets through the door.
The modest and hard working promoter applied the same philosophy to his wildly successful gay indie night Popstarz, which he launched in the mid 90s after being inspired by the conformity of
I remember feeling alienated by the homogenous drugs and sex-obsessed gay scene, he said.
The emphasis (for Popstarz) would be on boozing, not cruising, as an antidote to the mainstream gay scene, with its muscle marys or crass, boy band-loving gay teenagers.
His greatest success and mainstream recognition, however came from Nag, Nag, Nag, in which he played a key role, said Jo De Freq in an interview with Skrufff last year
For the first four or five months the club was consistently quite dead. We moved to the Ghetto after five weeks and it was dead there too for the first few months which put us under more pressure, because it was a better venue, with a proper owner, promoter and sound system but there was still nobody there, she recalled.
But thankfully Simon was really supportive and he was willing to be patient and gave us advice. Then suddenly after 6 months it filled up. I used to joke, You know what, one day theyll be a queue out there and wed all laugh but then after it got full for the first time it was rammed every week.
Nag, and all Simons many other clubs and associated nights are set to continue, his family promised this week, in a statement posted on Ghettos website.
Simon left instructions and it is the wish of his family that his clubs, and those run by other promoters in his venue, should continue, his family said.
With his clubs and events he has touched and changed many lives, and made thousands of people happy. It was Simon's wish, and it is also the wish of his family, that Simon's legacy continue after his death. Therefore Popstarz, Ghetto and
http://www.nagnagnag.info (There will be a night in celebration of Simon Hobart at The Scala on Fri 4th November as a fund raiser for MacMillan Cancer relief. More details to follow).
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)