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More than an Experience – Ailish

The music is thudding. Deep, lustrous beats entwined with melodic tinkles, like the noise fairies would make while tiptoeing on water droplets in the garden. And these fairies come to life this night. The reality is formed through tutus spinning, the material brushing against sparkling skin. The bare-midriffs; curves swaying in a bubble of electricity, created and reinforced by the music, the atmosphere lifting you away from the world. Everything is glistening. Everything is shining. Read more →

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Not Only My First – Lucy

As the music played I felt that I was being enveloped, and my attention had to be directed to it. I became quite tearful, yet totally happy. The hairs on my body bristled. A new dawn, the first steps into a new life, a new me. The music is so beautiful, about all the joy and beauty that I can bear. The lights were stunning and refracting from all angles. I was afraid to turn and face the people, for fear they will overwhelm me. However I looked, and found that then, I was complete.

The whole world must get to experience a profound state like Whirl-Y-Gig. I felt totally serene. I have lived all my life to get to this point, and I feel I have arrived home.

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Loz Tonkyn

I’m studying the anti-psychiatry movement n learned a bit bout humanist psychology – I realised that whirly is run by people who are trained at making the experience of the night as special as possible – making u feel good through light n sound, a real healing process… that’s why its so perfectly good- these guys are professionals!

I also just got the significance of being taken on a journey out of this world (by Monkey Pilot) seeing the earth from space on that projection, and while away from earth we are shown the amazing beauty of all the cultures in different countries.. then we are let back down to earth gently with the parachute!! The whole thing is symbolic of a trip out of this world and back again!! or have I read to much into it??!!

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My First Whirly – ISObell

I went to my first Whirly on my own. I have to say I was a little bit nervous. As I walked in through the double doors I was surprised to find myself in a warm dark almost womblike atmosphere! Instantly cosy and welcoming, with low ceilings and none of the loud music I was expecting.

Almost straight away people came over and said hello – some even hugged me! I was freaked out by this at first, but I soon got to like it. Its a close knit family of regulars at Whirl-y-Gig but they are all so welcoming to new people. There is a Café and there is also a bar at Whirly, but you don’t get those annoying drunk pests that you get at most nightspots. Read more →

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Whirl-y-Virgins Dionne, Chez and Debbie – Oct 2012

We are three good friends who came to whirly, spanning 3 decades of ages. We are in our 30s 40s and 50s. The night was stumbled across byaccident and being the ages that we were, we thought our clubbing days were over! On entering the venue we were totally mesmerised by the instant fairy-tale Whirl-y-World that enveloped us! WOW! We weretotally confounded as to how in all our accumulated clubbing history that we had not had whirly in our lives before!!! Arriving as whirly virgins we were embraced into a family of whirlying people, amazing decor and Whirl-y-music and were made to feel instantly at home! Read more →

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Rhian Helina Jones

They say it’s probably the most visionary club in the world… I say, without a doubt. Wonder and excitement fill your senses as the swirling incense entices you through the door and into a world that oozes with psychedelia and begs to be explored; much like discovering Aladdin’s cave. Read more →

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Walking in a Whirly Wonderland

Aha! Whirl-Y-Gig! I may have gushed about this place before but I really do feel it’s worth the accolade. Whirly is a once monthly dance event held at Jacks nightclub in London Bridge. It’s been going for as long as I’ve been on this planet, and it’s the loveliest club in London.

The evening begins with a walk down a narrow corridor, lit with ambient psychedelic colours. It opens into the chill out room, which continues the psychedelic theme. There are brightly coloured materials strewn from the walls, ambient lights everywhere, and psychedelic oil lights making kaleidoscopic patterns on the walls. Here and there an image is projected, a faerie, a flower. Around the room are low comfy seats and tables, a stall selling glow sticks, CD’s, and fair trade goods, and a little café bar that provides tea, fruit, and cakes throughout the night. The ambiance of the place was the first thing that struck me, it manages to feel both comforting and exciting at the same time. Read more →

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