The Zap Club
At the centre of the Zap Club’s success was an innovative approach to programming that mixed high art and popular entertainment to create a unique experience for audiences, who grew to trust our judgement, taste and style. This trust gave us the freedom to programme acts and artists who were experimental and largely unknown.
Since we had virtually no public funding and relied on the box office and the bar for income, there was little opportunity to commission the artists. This changed when we started receiving invitations to create programmes by other organisations who had sufficient funds to support commissioning and creative producing. We launched a new company, Zap Productions, to manage all the projects that took place outside the Zap Club. In 2010 Zap Productions evolved into the charity, Zap Art, led by Dave Reeves.
Here are a few links to articles:
A timeline of the Zap – My Brighton and Hove
The Zap Wiki
Gyrovageness – My Zap Years
The Zap Club night hosts final show at Hove Old Market – The Argus
There were several TV programmes made about the Zap. Here is one that focuses on the experimental art/entertainment mix with Arts Beat TV programme on the Zap with interviews with me, Helen Wells, Angie Goodchild and performances by Ian Smith, Steve Edgar, Paul Burwell, Sian Thomas, Jurgen Olbrich, Open Secret and Shaun Caton.
And another with a focus on fashion + a bit of the Wild Wigglers:
And a couple of recent interviews with me and Dave Reeves: