27. The sudden rise & fall of Club Afrika

Afrika dies…

Once we binned Afrika, it enjoyed a major, though short lived resurgence, as Shindig, Newcastle’s major House promoters of the last three decades, started out there & had great success.

(Editor’s note: Scott from Shindig, clearly demonstrating the big hand he has had in the evolution of House Music in Newcastle)

But with spiraling debts, the Club’s owners just couldn’t hold it together for much longer & Afrika was repossessed by the Brewery early 1993.

Kaput..! That was the end of Afrika…

Which was a great place to start with, a groundbreaking little Club in lots of ways (many of them nuts).

But towards the end of our run, among the most bizarre, at times dangerous, volatile & out of control places we have ever played music.


But Shindig lives on

With Afrika gone, Shindig then moved on, adapting & evolving, to carve out a scene in Newcastle night life that they have held strong since way back then, at many different venues.

They are a real force in the city & have been all around the city, putting on great parties since way back in the day.

Throughout 2010/11 they were moving again & we hooked up & they put some really great nights in WHQ @ Curtis Mayfield House, before moving on to a big warehouse at the far end of City Road.

They celebrated their 21st birthday a few years ago & we sent them roses. They are often back here in WHQ with us these days too, spinning a fab parties on our fly new Soundsystem.