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WTF CLUB ARCHIVE ~ 2005-2011

Zoe was headhunted by Croydon's Black Sheep bar in 2005 to launch a dedicated indie/ alternative night in her trademark fusion of indie, rock and dance music mixed up like a molotov cocktail. The packed WTF contributed towards the club winning the 'Best Bar None' award three times, recognition for its friendly, switched-on music scene and happy crowd. The club quickly became established as the biggest indie night in South London.
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Primarily more focussed on traditional guitar grooves, Zoe moved with the times morphing the clubs sound into more of a mixed-up playlist including electro, though the night still stood firmly within the "alternative" genre.

The playlist was diverse, ranging from the Arctic Monkeys to the The Pigeon Detectives and Maccabees. These tracks stood up beside classic indie numbers from the likes of The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Stone Roses and electro cross-over tunes from the Klaxons, Hadouken, The Gossip as well as "indie godfathers": The Beatles and The Kinks alongside electro and intelligent dance hits.
Zoes DJing received praise from Wired magazine and Ents 24 for her beat matching and genre defying leaps and loops .

The only night in Croydon licensed until 4am, most club-goers would stay right through to the end, enjoying the cheap drinks offers and dancing wildly to Zoe's by now finely-honed indie-meets-rock-meets-everything good club mixes. There were no gimmicks here, these events relied entirely on Urchin's now well-refined DJ skills. She played long sets to an ever-growing crowd of music fans, consolidating her reputation at music's cutting-edge, mixing all the different musical forms together for non-stop sessions with one of "those" happening club night energies.

Security was tight. The Black Sheep wanted no trouble inside its doors and pioneered a futuristic membership and identity system in which new club visitors would have their whole hand scanned and matched-up to their ID. On entry, club members would present their hand


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for scanning, if the scan didn't match, they didn't get in. This system marked the place and kept the club safe. It was also cool for seeming so futuristic and a bit Star Trek.

In Summer 2011 the club restarted all its club nights with something new, as it didn't want to be seen as in any way as a static entity and so the WTF experience ground to a sudden unexpected halt. For those feeling nostalgic check the Podcasts.

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