Words: Alex Caslano
Interview and concept: Chester Cornford

PVC

Throughout the years, Thursday night at The Art School has always offered a genuinely thrilling alternative to the generic student circus of Sauchiehall St, and while some may argue that the heyday of hedonism that The Vic Bar once offered went with the old building’s renovation, free-spirited collective, PVC, are on a mission to reclaim that open-minded, inclusive atmosphere. Taking up the mantle last year, PVC was like breath of fresh air on Glasgow’s club scene with a pool of super-fresh residents spinning everything from hip hop to house, rnb to bounce. Hosting live art and drag performances, as well as booking the occasional, but achingly on-point guest DJ like Danny L Harle and Glasgow duo, Bossy Love, the night was a certified hit.

Back for a second season in The Vic which launches tonight and monthly there after, we checked-in for a chat with resident and co-founder Pearl Necklace:

How did PVC begin and what is the ethos behind the night?

PVC started last year, founded by a group of like-minded creatives, promoters, bookers and DJs. We were tired of what the clubbing scene in Glasgow was offering at that time, and with the re-opening of The Art School we wanted to take over Thursday nights in The Vic Bar, ensuring our parties were fluid, flirty and free.

Our idea was to create a non-judgemental, fun, diverse party space that is inclusive for all. We have implemented our own safe space policy, something that we are constantly discussing, adapting and updating. PVC is an accessible party space, where gender-neutral toilets are also in place.

As well as this, our main objective is to have fun and bring an eclectic mix of music and performance to Thursday nights. Our music taste is varied and all of our residents have their individual style, yet we are easily able to work as a cohesive collective. When I play it’s mostly vogue, ballroom, hip-hop and r&b.

What’s been your favourite party so far?

This is a hard one! It has to be a toss up between our recent party with one of my favourite acts just now, R&B duo Bossy Love, where I played with the amazing DJ Femme Fresh, or I could be bias and say the night that I curated, which featured New Orleans bounce producer, Casual Look and London girl-gang collective PUSSY PALACE.

My party also had local artist 5ivepence doing a live art piece, working with only make up, as well as drag and vogue performances from some local talented qweens! Other memorable PVCs for me would be the Deep Album Brandy Cuts curated party which featured Hipsters Don’t Dance, who put their dancehall, afro-pop stamp on The Vic.

Photo: Natalia Poniatowska

Where do you like to hangout in Glasgow away from the club?

For drinks: Tabac, The Brunswick & Tibo. For food: good veggie places like Mono and Stereo; Dennistoun BBQ has great veggie burgers too. Celino’s Italian deli on Alexandra Parade has the best coffee in Glasgow IMO.

What can we look forward to from PVC in the future?

This year sees PVC move to a new monthly slot, which means bigger parties and bigger production! I’m so excited for our re-launch on September 15th, where we’re joining forces with Hawkchild DIY to bring you a major party with Cakes Da Killa, Manara, Mssingno and more!

All of our resident DJs - Deep Brandy Album Cuts, Sycophantasy, Sunshower and DJ Femme Fresh - will be returning to help you get down, and we’ve also got a new recruit on board – Junglehussy, who’s worked the crowd at PVC parties over the past year!

We’ll all be dropping new promo mixes in the coming weeks to tease what we’ve got lined up for PVC 2.0. We’ve also got a tonne of innovative, thought provoking performers lined up for this coming year, as well as a new yearbook shoot and lots more! <3

Hawkchild DIY x PVC present Mssingno, Cakes Da Killa and more at The Art School on Thu 15th September. Advance tickets are available for £5 (GSA)/ £7 (other) from The Art School website.

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