Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The final days of Yellow
If you happen to find yourself in Tokyo over the next six evenings, I strongly suggest finding the time to pop by Club Yellow. Because after this Saturday, the world famous club will only be a memory. As I wrote back in February, Yellow, which has been an integral part of Tokyo's electronic music scene for the past 16 years, is closing down.
For its final week the club has invited some of its most well-loved mainstays to help draw the curtains. Tonight (in fact the party is happening even as I type) Yellow sees the last of its jazzier nights, with Tomoyuki Tanaka (from Fantastic Plastic Machine), Shinichi Osawa, United Future Organization and other local jazz/funk DJs taking to the decks.
On Tuesday night Yellow tips its hat to its Detroit fans, with Derrick May on the wheels of steel.
Wednesday night has Yellow going back to its classic House roots, with New York DJ Danny Krivit spinning and a live performance by vocalist Rochelle Fleming (of the Philadelphia vocal group First Choice).
Yellow has its final night of minimal techno on Thursday, with Fumiya Tanaka (quite frankly Japan's best techno DJ) reviving his Distortion parties (which lasted from 1994 to 1997) for one night only.
The club's penultimate event on Friday features Laurent Garnier, who has played at Yellow regularly since 1994.
The very last piece of vinyl to ever be spun at Space Lab Yellow will be played by Francois K, who first appeared at the club in 1992, and has played there about 26 times. Entry for this final night is a whopping 10 000yen, which I suspect is Yellow's way of making sure the club isn't ridiculously overcrowded ... although I'm sure that it will be anyway, with every clubber in Tokyo keenly aware of the historic nature of the impending closure. In fact I'm strongly considering going myself. Sure, the entrance fee is rather hefty, but as well as being integral to Tokyo's electronic music scene, Yellow has played a huge role in my personal history and relationship with electronic music. Saturday night is Yellow's funeral and wake all rolled into one, and if I miss it I'm sure I'll be kicking myself forever ...