BRIGHTON'S LEGENDARY 80's PARTY
IS ON HOLD
COVID 19 STATEMENT + HELP SUPPORT US
Owing to the public health crisis we sadly had to take the decision in March to pause all our events and temporarily put It Is still 1985 on hold.
We have been running the night every single Saturday in Brighton for 12 years, first as a weekly party at New Hero, then for 8 years at The Haunt (when it closed permanently in Aug. 2019, we had an unbroken streak of running every single Saturday the venue had ever been open in it's entire history) and now at Green Door Store. Since we moved to Green Door Store this past September we have had the most extraordinarily exciting chapter in the night's history, we have seen a level of fun we couldn't have even remotely predicted, so we want to sincerely thank you all for that, and for making us a local Brighton institution across what has now been more than a decade of Saturdays.
However as the severity of the situation has unfolded, it has become clear that we are staring down the barrel of a long period of temporary closure even as others begin to return to work. This closure is hitting us hard both personally and financially, after 12 years of every Saturday it's quite a shock to not be running our events each week. The night has never been a big money making enterprise, and as such we always kept it at only £3 entry for the entire 12 years we have been doing it, not wanting to raise the prices on our loyal customers as others have. However at this point, dealing with what represents a 100% disappearance of income, completely out of the blue, literally overnight, with no end currently in sight, has been difficult to say the least.
If our weekly Saturday night 80s shindig has meant something to you at New Hero, The Haunt or Green Door Store over the last 12 years, we are now asking, if you can afford to do so, that you consider sending us a donation, to help us survive this period and actually still be in existence when this is all over.
We recognise that partying is not necessarily at forefront of people's minds at this time, and we know that 80s dancing isn't the most important thing in the world (we know some may disagree), and indeed some of you are not likely to be able to afford it, but if you can spare a little money (as little as £3 you would have paid for entry) you would be helping to support a small local events company through what is a very tough time for us. As such we would really appreciate any small amount from anyone who has enjoyed our parties over the last decade plus.
We don't know when this will end (we suggest you subscribe to our mailing list to kept up to date with our plans) but it WILL end and when it does we are going to be party central every Saturday just as we have been for the last 12 years. Until then please look after yourselves, and if you possibly can, try to look out for those around you. See you all on the other side.
It Is Still 1985 xx
AT THE GREEN DOOR STORE
Welcome to Brighton's favourite 80s party,"It is still 1985" now in it's 11h year as a weekly night, it's a footloose journey into the Sony Walkman of Patrick Bateman. Like stepping into a John Hughes movie 'It is still 1985' captures the feeling of the decade that brought you legimately great & legimately terrible pop music all in one epic party every Saturday. With a wild crowd of young partygoers who mostly don't remember the 80s firsthand, prepare to delve into a world of innapropriate dance moves & a whole heap of fun at what is widely regarded as Brighton's most popular & most fun night.
EVERY SATURDAY FOR MORE THAN
OUR MUSIC POLICY
It Is Still 1985 seeks to earnestly capture the essence of the slick, superficial, overblown decade that American Psycho's Patrick Bateman so thoroughly represented. Rather than just being amused by the vapid radio rock of the 80s, we want to embrace the shallow music of those times with the full emotion of someone who has truly invested in the epic air grab that became so synonymous with the power ballad music videos of the era. The night also aims to celebrate the great alternative pop music of the 1980s like The Cure, New Order & Kate Bush but (unusually for a night largely filled with hipster twenty somethings) we thoroughly invest in the sounds that live on Patrick Bateman's Sony Walkman such as Huey Lewis & The News, Whitney Houston & Phil Collins, and we are (with only the slightest hint of irony) prepared to dig deeper into the well of superficial emotion and with a straight face, (or possibly very emotional face) play records by the likes of Toto, Foreigner, Bonnie Tyler, Kenny Loggins, & even (once you are suitably drunk) prepared to force you to slow dance to Chris De Burgh's "Lady In Red". There is no question 1985 is prepared to go beyond the boundaries of good taste and we are very thankful to our audience of discerning party goers who are fully prepared to put their cool credentials aside each and every time they attend to make the event epic on a weekly basis.
Created as an occasional party back in 2004, "it is still 1985" saw its first weekly outings in Brighton's exciting underground venue New Hero in 2008, becoming a Brighton cult sensation, we packed the club out for 2 years straight every single Saturday with an array of exceptionally enthusiastic cool young people that took time off from being trendy to relish an opportunity to unleash a series of inappropriate dance moves to an uninhibited soundtrack of 80s joy. After leaving New Hero we put on sold out events at Coalition and Concorde 2 before settling our home as the flagship night of The Haunt, where we ran the night for a further 8 years. In the end we ran every single Saturday of The Haunt since day one with an uninterupted run stretching from it's opening weekend in Feb. 2011, right through to closing weekend August 2019. Now we are excited to announce a brand new home for the night every Saturday in our absolute favourite Brighton venue The Green Door Store, with a special launch party happening on Sept. 21st 2019, we absolutely cannot wait for this new chapter in the nights' history.
Every week for more than a decade we have been creating a phenomenon of 80s power unrivalled by any other night in the city. Brighton residents know that a visit to 'It is still 1985" on a Saturday is a reliably brilliant slice of 80s heaven, with a discerning crowd that temporarily put their good taste on hold for an evening of power grabs, knee slides and the kind of dance moves not seen since the club scene in the movie Scarface, or at least the background of a mid 80s Top Of Pops episode. Although every Saturday night sees queues, we always try to get everyone in and usually succeed if you don't mind waiting a little during our busier periods (people normally do even in the worst weather, as it's worth the wait), however we are now for the first time ever offering queue jump tickets at our new home of The Green Door Store.