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One of many performances in the Zap Tent in May.
One of many performances in the Zap Tent in May.
1987

1987

Many comedians began their careers at the Zap Club, including Jack Dee, Rory Bremner, Brighton's own Simon Fanshawe and Julian Clary. As Simon recalls, “[In 1987] I was one of the fledgling performers myself - one night with Julian Clary in his ?Joan Collins Fan Club’ days. He wore a rubber outfit and there was so much dust in what passed for a dressing-room (a curtained off area behind the bar) that I had to polish him with Pledge before he went on stage”.

The lack of palatial backstage facilities did not, however, deter other contemporary performers. Lining up to take the stage in 1987 were, amongst others: Liverpool poet, Roger McGough; Tom Robinson; Hank Wangford; the Blow Monkeys and Brian Patten. And, for bands booked for the midnight slot during the Tuesday Platform evening, there was always the incentive of a souvenir video - on top of their £20 performance fee!

The mid to late 1980s also saw a frenetic period of Zap growth, with the creation of the Rose Street Carnival in Edinburgh and Hogmanay celebrations in Glasgow.

FEATURED EVENTS

January
Zap Club January Listings

February
Zap Club February Listings
Live Art Performance Festival

March
Zap Club March Listings
Zap on Tour
2 Nights of Fear

April
Zap Club April Listings

May
Zap Club May Listings
Zap Tent

June
Zap Club June Listings
Zap on Tour

July
Zap Club July Listings

August
Zap Club August Listings
Rose Street Carnival

September
Zap Club September Listings
Zap on Tour
The Happy End

October
Zap Club October Listings

November
Zap Club November Listings

December
Zap Club December Listings
Hogmanay Celebrations

ZAP Art Archive
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