A gig at Slimelight

The Slimelight club is the longest running Goth nightclub in the world. It is a members only club that's open every Saturday from 10pm to 7.30am (when the London Underground transport network starts running) with 2 or 3 floors playing music genres such as gothic rock, darkwave, EBM, futurepop, power noise, industrial, trance and noise.

It is currently (2005) located at Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Islington, London, UK (behind Angel tube station) where it has been for several years, though it has had a number of other locations previously. The building in which the club is currently situated in was previously an abandoned industrial complex and the club started out as a regular squat party.


The club's facilities were rather basic when it was first started in the late 1980s. The naming comes from the fact that for a brief period in the summer of 1987 the club was held in a disused church on High Holborn, and "The Slimelight" is a parody of The Limelight, another famous London club located in a church. Over the years the club has been renovated and upgraded to feature all the mod cons of a proper nightclub, however it retains much of its decaying, abandoned feeling, due partly to the architecture and partly the state of disrepair of some facilities.

The club claims a membership of around 10,000 people worldwide, and has a loyal following of regulars who attend every week. Originally the club had a policy of "bring your own booze", but recently, due to licensing laws, the club has had to clamp down on this, and has installed licensed bars, serving alcoholic beverages until 5am and soft drinks until 7:15am.


The club was mentioned by the goth metal band Killing Miranda in their song "The Ballad of Torrens Street".

External links[]