TRADE – Often Copied, Never Equalled Exhibition

b720925e1e4ef9f258437b34a6999d11.1442939014Celebrating 25 years of after-hours clubbing in Islington.

In the 1980’s the gay club scene was already thriving with the opening of venues, such as legendary club Heaven in Charing Cross. The arrival of dance music and a new drug, ecstasy changed the face of London clubs forever.

Trade was launched by Laurence Malice on the 29th October 1990 at Turnmills, 63b Clerkenwell Road, Islington. It was advertised as ‘the original all-night bender’ with the unusual hours of 3am to 1pm on Sunday mornings. Its exclusivity and originality fuelled the desire of Londoners, to become a part of what Trade had to offer.

Despite outside perceptions, Trade welcomed everyone regardless of sexuality, social background or gender – at the time it was often perceived to only cater to the LGBT community. It gave people the freedom to express themselves through art, music and fashion at the unique after hours’ experience. It became a haven for the creative community.

The night became highly successful across both the London gay scene and the International Dance music scene for the 12 years it was at Turnmills. Trade ended its regular Sunday slot in October 2002, but continued to return to Turnmills for one off events until the venue sadly closed its doors permanently in 2008.

In an age with no social media Trade gained an international reputation through the spectacular spread of word of mouth. Demand rose and Trade was travelling internationally, with residences in Los Angeles and New York. Its celebrity fans ranged from Madonna to Kylie Minogue and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

This is the story of Trade – often copied, never equalled.

History – Trade: The Final Party

Familiar regulars, Trade legends and Trade first-timers can come together to celebrate the legendary club night in the best way we know how – 5 rooms, legendary DJs and a level of production that only Trade can master. Opening at the classic Trade time of 2am, the night will run into the early hours of Monday morning that few are able to handle. Are you up for the challenge?


Sunday October 25th – Monday October 26th 2015

At Egg London, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX

Opening in mid-October in celebration of the iconic club nights 25 years the museum will feature memorabilia, artwork, posters and more of Trade.

Friday 16th October 2015 – Saturday 16th January 2016

At the Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB

Admission: FREE

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