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Cult heroes: Optimo (Espacio) – the club night that defied expectation and defined a generation | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cult heroes: Optimo (Espacio) – the club night that defied expectation and defined a generation

Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes ran Optimo in Glasgow for well over a decade and influenced dance music experimentation way beyond the city

The 2010 general election ended 13 years of Labour government. And as Gordon Brown saw out his last days at No 10, another 13-year reign was coming to an end in Glasgow.

Since 1997, the club night Optimo (Espacio) had defined the musical landscape of Glasgow, and its influence spread far beyond the city. It exerted its own pull on flash-in-the-pan genres such as electroclash and punk-funk, before seeing them off; its wild and enduringly knowledgable eclecticism melded techno, electro, no-wave, post-punk, Afrobeat, psych-rock, cleverly curated pop classics and more. The final night fell on the last Sunday in April, just before the election; one fan in Glasgow caught the zeitgeist when he altered a David Cameron campaign poster to read: “Optimo (Espacio) 1997-2010: Getting out before the Tories get in.”

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