If you’ve been in Brighton since the 80s, you’ll be very familiar with Coasters. The iconic old Kingswest venue was Brighton’s first fun bar – and there hasn’t been another in town since it closed in 1986.
The original fun pub opened in 1981, drawing hundreds of teens and twentysomethings from all over the city. Entry for as little as 50p, lots of leather trousers, and performances from the likes of Bananarama made the venue a hotspot for Brighton’s young party people. But its heydey was undoubtedly in 1984-5, and after that it was curtains.
For one night only, the club that changed Brighton forever will be reborn. This Friday (24 March), the Funky Fish club is holding a reunion party that’s guaranteed to be wild, so see if you still have any spandex, shoulder pads, or velour in your wardrobe! Brighton’s longest-running nightclub seems a fitting venue for the event.
Speaking to Brighton and Hove News, event organiser Simone Crossfield said: “This reunion harks back to a period when people in Brighton and Hove took themselves less seriously and were perhaps a little more outgoing. And also, perhaps, the clubbing scene in the twin towns was a little less pretentious.
“It was all about being seen to have fun, not just being seen.”
Simone plans to play some old audio recordings of legendary former Coasters DJ Rory during the night, transporting clubbers in their fifties back to their twenties. Roxy Music, Dire Straits, and Buck’s Fizz will all be blaring out from 8:30 pm until 2 am, keeping the party rocking with throwback anthems.
There will also be a collection for Chestnut Tree House on the night. The Sussex hospice cares for 300 under-19s with progressive life-shortening conditions. Simone said: “It’s important to us to try and raise a collection as they are struggling to get funding at the moment.”
To find out more about the night, RSVP, or reserve tickets, visit the Facebook event.