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No requests at Club Ivy

Patrons at Club Ivy last night found that a stand-in DJ was flatly refusing to take requests.

Many were left feeling a bit peeved when they realised they couldn’t request their favourite tracks, with the DJ simply saying ‘no’.

A number of DJs find requests to be a bit of an insult, and instead want to play music that they feel represents themselves, however this is not usually the Club Ivy tradition.

Management stated that the DJ was a stand-in and won’t be playing at Club Ivy regularly.

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  1. G0ssip Gay says:

    he was terrible, thank god we only stayed there for 10 minutes

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  2. Souladelic is a well establised club dj and has played at more gay clubs overseas that any of the Ivy crowd would ever dream of visiting, Top40 radio music, Lady Gaga and Britney 10 times a night is not club music. Club Ivy is a nightclub, you are not meant to hear what you hear on the radio or your ipod at home.
    Souladelic was a stand in and you should be lucky to have him at all. Matt (Empyre) will be back next weekend and every following Saturday, but don’t expect to be able to hear radio crap then either. DJs are played what they are told to play, not what you ask them, bars are a business and are run to a specific set of guidelines, they are not there for your charity.

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  3. Former Ivy Kid says:

    Hey bon, ever think to ask the patrons at Ivy what they want to hear? Maybe thats why it was so empty last night.

    Ivys not Maya. Its a gay bar. An arrogant attitudes like that arent gonna get people comign in.

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  4. Im not giving any reference to Maya here. Its about observing what atmosphere entices a PROFITABLE crowd to stay there. Young 18=20 year olds who make up most of the complaints, you will find come out with no money and are generally too intoxicated to be on premises anyway. You will find that all of the managenent at Garden Club and the owner share my views. Its about money, not keeping people who come out ONLY to dance and hook-up, happy.Ivy may have been quiet last night, but turned over the same, if not more than usual.

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  5. Former Ivy Kid says:

    All I meant by Maya is that if you want that sorta music youd go to a bar like Maya. The kids may not buy drinks but they provide eye candy for the old men that will buy drinks, and no eye candy and they won’t come.

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  6. spankindad says:

    A bar will not survive unless people buy drinks.
    I’m gettin too bloody old to wait for the eye candy to turn up lol.

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  7. Souladelic doesnt play Maya music, he playes what hes instructed, as how all professional club DJs opperate.

    Everyone pulls that excuse out, that the younger guys attract “old men”. This is not the case, i have hardly ever seen “old men” in Ivy. Ivy is generally 18–35. Which is hardly old.

    Yes, Nick could have slotted a few more “Known” tracks in there, but as we said, Matt is back next Saturday. It was a simular case with Matt; first week there, everyone moaned. Following 3 weeks, Ivy was the busiest its ever been. Go figure. The Wellington gay boys don’t know dance music even when it slaps them in the face, they need to catch up to the rest of the world and learn, and chances are they will love it.

    Heres to a scene that appreciates ACTUAL club music πŸ™‚

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  8. Former Ivy Kid says:

    Busiest its ever been? Im sure it was. After all you work there so it must be true and not just what you have to say!

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  9. Well at the end of the day, my view is more accurate than yours, as i have a hands-on-view/turnover based view. Whereas you are most likely intoxicated and busy trying to score. Fact.

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  10. I buy drinks lots at Club Ivy, and I also love to hear remixes etc of POPULAR music at the moment, so does everyone I know. People love to hear what they know in a club, perhaps with a clubby beat added in. I don’t like to hear music I don’t know, or dance music that all just sounds the same.

    But I do see what Bon is saying, that it really is up to the club what they play. On the other hand, if the people don’t like it they will just walk. We will see what happens.

    PS Bonar, it is good to see you back at Ivy working!

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  11. Optimus Prime says:

    I thought Aaron was djing at Ivy? Or is that how out of touch I am πŸ™‚ ?

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  12. I love what Aaron plays.. it’s like he knows what to play without anyone saying anything! And if you request something he’s like oh, it’s coming up anyway haha.

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  13. Former Ivy Kid says:

    I hate it when Aaron plays the new Kylie song over and over! We dont all love her

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  14. I am suitably impressed with a bit of dance music being played, AND also a mixture of Kylie. I do love a bit of the old b*tch even if she can’t sing the high parts of “Better the Devil You Know” live anymore.

    I think its great that IVY are now catering to the pop and dance crowd, it sure is nice that you don’t have to be in the stinky terrace to get a bit of a harcore dance on. (although Terrace DJ can get my groove on anytime!)

    Friday pop fun night, Saturdays, head down, bottoms up. Loves it!

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  15. Oh and Aaron is fun, and he plays what you want…. He is yours if you ask for some La Toya Jackson. Ay Aaron, we like rubbing big back doors and seeing if we can get with a woman or a man. If you like requests, Friday night… or shut up yo!

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  16. ^^^^^^^ LOVE YO… xx

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  17. Anonymous says:

    “actual club music” bon?! WTF… “actual” club music depends on the club you’re at and most of us liked the trashy pop at Ivy. You may well have a sophisticated taste in dance music, but a lot of people dont enjoy it… instead of rubbishing the views here, take heed. There are plenty of other bars in Wellington we can and will go to. I know plenty of regulars who did not like that DJ.

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  18. Theres a difference between club music and radio music. IVY is supposed to be a nightclub, and changes over the next few months will hopefully move more towards this, radio music is radio music, meant for you to listen to at home and on your ipod, not to be thrashed in a night venue, how is this so hard to understand?

    Fridays at IVY with Aaron is the pop/electro/radio-ish night, Saturdays are to be house/electro/tech and are going to stay like that. I dont have sophisticated taste in dance music at all, it just looks like that when compared to narrow minded 18 year olds who just want to hear Bad Romance on repeat.

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  19. Ben Child says:

    Bonar you love 18yos! It sounds to me like you’ve just been turned down by a few too many and have an issue with anything they like.

    Dance music is repetitive shit. No one likes to dance to it unless they’re on drugs, which means they aren’t buying anything at the bar anyway!

    The majority of Club Ivy patrons, paying or not, want to hear music they KNOW, ie: Lady Gaga, Britney, Ciara, PCD, Rihanna. Maybe YOU are the one who has the issue here, and everyone else just wants to hear what they are used to hearing.

    You don’t know everything about running a bar buddy. You work behind the counter at one.

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  20. Haha. Yes, by choice, as i love hospitality – so don’t give me the “you just word behind a bar”. You wouldnt have half a clue of what i do, i dont just work behind a bar, i’ve done all sorts including teaching, accounting, running dance gigs, to mainstream crowds.. and most likely am paid more than yourself.

    Gay guys are supposed to be at the forefront of the Dance scene, after all, the best club music originated from gay clubs in europe. Sadly, the Wellington crowd are 20 years behind, and would rather mince around mimicking lady gaga in telephone.

    Go Figure. Its not worth arguing my point, but at the end of the day club music on Saturdays is here to stay at IVY.

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  21. i think it should be up to the people who actually go to the club… maybe like have a suggestion thing on the website or something. gay guys love gaga – and i don’t think that will ever change. if they want radio music then they should get it. variety is good… making ivy a clone of maya, red square, to some extent lotus is not hot. it’s boring.

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  22. oh! i just had an amazing brainwave.. why don’t they put that new dj in garden? cause it’s always dead.. and i don’t think anyone really goes to the gigs on there anyway (dnb or what ever can stay at sandwiches). and ivy can be the same as it was. people who wanna trip can go garden and regulars can just carry on how they like it in ivy πŸ™‚ hallaaaaah hahaha

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  23. I love dance mixes of songs i know and like. Stuff that also stands out (i.e. non repetitive and not boring). On Saturday, what was played was nethier of those things. It was monotonous stuff i’d never heard, or wanna hear again when i’m out tryna have a good time.

    Put it this way, there’s a reason why on Friday it was busy and everyone was having a good time in ivy. And then on Saturday most either went down to terrace, went to another bar/club, or went home. Including myself. And many of these people are the regulars that go to ivy, and yes bonar, even buy drinks. They’ll also be the people that stop if last Saturday night was an example of whats to come.

    Also, not liking what others do like elsewhere doesn’t make people ‘behind’ Bonar, it makes them ‘different’. There’s a difference.

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  24. Good idea, Dan! I love it. Take note Greig, some good points here from both customers and your bar minions.

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  25. Gummy Sue says:

    it was hard to feel banned from Wellington’s only gay nightclub on saturday night, only because K CLUB where i was at was literally filled with homos.

    when i questioned the gays why they weren’t at Ivy i got told the music in terrace was awesome and ivy was dead cus the music sucked.

    The only question i have is how bad was the music really??? considering these Homo’s had to put up with gummy sue drunk out of her tree with a microphone!!!

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  26. Masculine Dude says:

    Most of you ivy queens dont know how to dance anyway. You think shaking your ass like your a chick is hot. It Ain’t!!!

    Half of you mince around with over sized tees on and skinny jeans, quiffy fag hairstyles and more thin lizzy than a drag queen thinking your hot shit dancing like poofs to the latest Rhianna shit.

    Ill stick to my mainly guys thanks who dont want to act like or be chicks

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  27. Haha you and that guy were funny and I think your singing partner was getting head from my flatmate in the toilets later on hahahaha.

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  28. Stephii says:

    Oh, very good point masculine dude. Besides oversized tees are several seasons ago.

    And right on with the hate there, I mean why the fuck would we want people to dance how they want and act how they want. Don’t they know there’s a gender binary to stick to, how dare a man be anything but masculine, it’s revolting!

    No excuse me, I have to go chug a beer, scratch my belly, NOT shave my back and fart a whole lot.

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  29. Stephii your the last one to talk, **********************************!!!!!

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  30. Stephii says:

    DOUBLE BROWN!!!!!!

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  31. Anonymous says:

    Whats funny is thats how Stephii dresses thats why he’s on the defensive. hahahahahahaha

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  32. Aaron and Andy says:

    Hey everyone. Thanks so much for coming and checking out our new website; we’re glad the debates are starting up again and everything is working okay.

    But can you please keep in mind that this website isn’t a place to come and make anonymous personal attacks on people that are discussing issues here.

    You can have your say on anything you like, but please try and refrain from being plain nasty just for the sake of it.

    Thanks so much, y’all!

    Love,
    Aaron and Andy.

  33. G0ssip Gay says:

    some people are just plain annoying tho, but o.k then , ill play nice again

    [Aaron and Andy reply: LOL, if it’s in context with the current discussion then it’s fine, to a point. :)]

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  34. Props to Stephii. “Masculine Dude” has more gender issues and internalised homophobia than the average “Men’s Rights Activists” I see online, and those dudes are the most hateful, insecure losers on the planet.

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  35. The only international bar Bonar has been to was in the Gold Coast when he was on a $500 Pacific Blue package. I have been to clubs in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, San Fran, London, Paris etc and they have pretty much all played what Bonar would label ‘radio music’. What does Bonar know anyway? Remember this is the bartender that created a dance party based on Nazi war crimes (Concentration Camp). Wellington is small and all the other bars are in walking distance so we will just vote with our feet.

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  36. $500 Pacific Blue Package…? Hahahaha. What would you know about where i have been buddy. Use your real name Dee, I would love to see you have the balls to come up to me and state what you have above, but no, your a queen like the rest who hides behind their computer bitching about others as they have no self confidence to do it in person. This new site is not about shooting people down, its about constructive discussion and debate, get your shit together.

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  37. It’s true though, Bon. The biggest gay nightclubs in the world play club remixes of popular radio tracks.

    It’s actually monotonous dance music that is behind, and is really quite 90s.

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  38. I am not bitching about you, I am just stating the facts. You have made clear mistakes before, I will go back to your concentration camp themed party and playing ‘club music’ could be another mistake. I guess at the end of the day, the Wellington gays are scared of seeing another gay club close down and they just don’t want your music taste to be the cause.

    p.s Dee is my abbreviated real name just like your name Bon is short for Boner.

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  39. Anonymous says:

    [Content removed: please keep on the topic at hand. The event referred to is in the past and that’s where it should stay!] πŸ™‚

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  40. Haha its not my choice of music, its what collectively the management at GC have discussed. Concentration CAMP was a misplay of words, and as we all know any publicity is good publicity. Why are you trying to squash me publicly anyway Dee? Rather pathetic dont you think?

    ” I guess at the end of the day, the Wellington gays are scared of seeing another gay club close down”

    Its not there to give the gays something to do, its a business. Get over it and go listen to your Gaga.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Bon: “Its not there to give the gays something to do, its a business”… um it is actually both those things – its a business that gives the gays something to do. In this case the gays are saying they won’t go there and buy drinks while that horrible music is playing. You could listen to your customers before Greig suffers your arrogance in the pocket!

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  42. Gummy Sue says:

    Who really cares? a DJ didn’t play properly and as i understand he wont be back again. let’s move on!

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  43. JERRICA BENTON says:

    your not allowed to go there because you were banned for being a mega idiot thats why you don’t care Aidan.

    Don’t you think its time to grow up? A 26 year old banned from a nightclub is actually pathetic, thats the kind of behaviour you expect from 18yr olds who have never gone out before.

    YOUR AN EMBARASSMENT

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  44. In sole ven see says:

    Why is someone who was *************** suddenly calling the shots at Ivy now?

    I suppose he’s not technically managing it so it’s legally OK, but I wouldn’t be letting someone who was ********* have a say on how to run my business and telling me what they think is profitable or not, ********************************!

    I also wouldn’t be sitting in the saddle of the high horse in that position either. I’d be hanging my head in shame!

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  45. Hopefully when ************ expires in five years time and he is allowed to leave the country again he can go and experience international clubs for himself and see how they are really run.

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  46. Ayo Technology says:

    ^ LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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  47. Music in clubs in an interesting topic. On one hand, it is designed to a) draw people to the venue and b) keep them at the venue for as long as possible – in that they will presumably buy drinks there, which is where a bar makes its revenue. On the other hand, too much GOOD music and people don’t leave the dancefloor to buy drinks, so although it sounds crummy, every now and then a good Dj has to slip in a slightly flat song so that people break out of the vibe, and use the bathroom and hit the bar again, buying a drink and returning to the dancefloor.
    If its a nightclub with a door charge then thats a whole other topic, but primarily, bars with DJ’s have the DJ’s there to create ambience and to keep people at the venue buying drinks.
    NZ is interesting in that, everyone goes out REALLY LATE.
    Ask anyone who has travelled overseas and I’m sure they’ll agree with me.
    Most people in Melbourne (where I live) leave the house between 9 and 11, on a show night (weds – Sun) our first show of the night usually goes on between 9.30pm and 10.30 pm, and we’ve usually done 3 show sets by 1.30am, at the latest (which took a bit of getting used to, showtime at Pound was 2 am!)
    Most clubs over here play a sort of hybrid of popular radio/chart tracks and dance music – eg a 5 min dance mix of a Lady Gaga which might mix into Sexy Bitch/calle ocho, and then into a TV rock track and then into a Black eyed peas remix and then into some rnb, and people dance to whatever take their fancy! Dan Murphy, Nick Jay and Kitty Glitter all play similarly, and no one really calls what they play “radio” music.
    I guess its not necessarily WHAT is played but HOW its played that makes the difference… but thats my 5 cents. Looking forward to seeing everyone at DEVIOUS in July!
    XXX
    Polly

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  48. Anonymous says:

    In other words, Bonar you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    GREG:
    Put the music arrangement back how it was ASAP and stop listening to Bonar. You will lose your customers VERY FAST.

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  49. Man Dee says:

    Cant wait Polly!

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  50. Well, Sat was a very odd night. I asked the DJ if he had a Beyonce song or a mix of Lady Gaggle, he had nothing, he said he felt bad cos it was a gay bar but there was nothing he could do. Feeling a little in disbelief we ended up going to Mighty Mighty which was full of gays saying the same thing “Ivy was crap”. I think the majority of your customers Greig are leaving for Mighty & Club K. I think it may be a turning point??

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  51. Anonymous says:

    I dont ever come comment on here, but i feel the need to defend those “18 year olds” keep being mentioned. keep in mind that those of us who do really enoy dancing to good music and not just the same song all night are also the ones who tend to shift clubs in the night… go to a few places and try out where is best. Ivy has a very specific set of patrons, whether they be 18 or 35, and they go to ivy and stay there for the night for a reason. While i agree that Ivy is first and foremost a business, it is also one of the 2 gay bars in wellington, and its primary revenue comes from gay people. Those “little 18 year olds” tend to be the ones who are there every week. And, to say “this music originated in gay clubs in europe” as an arguement to support it in wellington is ridiculous, as the clubs in europe, alot of which ive been to, have the sheer volume of gays (or people in general) to cater for niche hardcore clubbers. There isnt a single place in wellington that can do this, and this is doubley so for Gay bars. you may have the same intake now, but as more and more of your patrons leave for unofficial gay places like Kbar and the like, the money will go with them. perhaps its just a little arrogant to assume “your music” SHOULD be played in this bar. it should be their customers music.

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  52. Swindon Sam says:

    Why is any reference to ******** being deleted?

    A quick online search will find that its true. That sorta shit is public record!

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    • Aaron and Andy says:

      We just think it’s a bit unfair to mention someone’s personal issues here, and would appreciate if you would stop referring to the issue here. Let’s play nice! πŸ™‚

  53. Optimus Prime says:

    So what went down last night (Saturday) ??? I know people may still be recovering but I was at home with my boyfriend so want to know if pop music was played or the other stuff?

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  54. Who cares what music this bar plays? At the end of the day, if Greig, the owner of Wellingtons only Gay nightclub, wants to play music thats driving the customers out. Then so be it. Time will tell where the gay community choose to spend their money. Wellington has alot of great bars, with great drinks, service & music. If the gay community are not happy at Ivy, then i say take a look around the corner, there are plenty of bars playing Gaga & the like. Having said this, gay bars are exactly that…GAY. They play gay music, have mirror balls, glitter, gay staff….. thats what makes them unique to everything else. If people want to hear drum & bass they know where Sandwiches is.

    Perhaps if Wellingtons scene was not so bitchy, people would actually stick around and make the capital scene a hit. Instead people are driven to Auckland, Australia & further abroad.

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