Friday, August 31, 2012


Mel's was a legendary nightclub in Cardiff that catered to the musical needs of south Wales's freaks and weirdoes - ie all the cool people. It was where girls who shopped at Paradise Garage and boys who wore make-up used to hang out. Adding further Hubert Selby Jr-type spice to proceedings the joint was situated down the Docks at 111 Bute Street - then a pretty dilapidated and seedy locale. As well as playing Bowie, Roxy, and European electronica they also hosted art events and put on local alternative bands such as Reptile Ranch and Moira and the Mice. Here are some random ads for Mel's from circa 1980. No normals please.