We’ve seen it all: from the harmless 70s revival which took over the world starting from the runways of iconic fashion maisons, to the not so pleasant 80s renaissance, for which I’d like to spend no further words. And now it’s time for a new season of early 90s grunge and shabby chic, validating our horrible fashion choices as style statements.
But for some reason, there is a decade the New World Order is desperately trying to sabotage and relegate to oblivion. It started off as an anomaly, prematurely killing the pretentious “I don’t care” attitude of the early 90s. I am not an historian, but if I had to come up with a date, a precise moment of disruption, I would say 14th of May 1997: Aqua released the never-forgotten, forever-amazing Barbie Girl.
It changed everything. A new era of randomness started. We welcomed with open arms the fetishisation of the high-school girl figure – who would dare reading “Baby One More Time” under a feminist perspective? We decided that embracing Christina Aguilera’s stripper look to go to the supermarket was perfectly fine, as well as covering our hands with questionable henna tattoos, just because Madonna was doing so. And quite frankly, we couldn’t give a f**k about musical ability: why complaining about artists lip-syncing, when Backstreet Boys were awakening your pre-adolescent hormones on Top of the Pops?!
But as every beautiful fairytale, this wasn’t bound to last: indie-rock and alt-pop jumped onto mainstream consciousness – and we all forgot how beautiful and special the late 90s/early 00s were. We now look at those 10 years with a bit of embarrassment, we try to forget, we put on M.I.A. to cleanse our ears and minds every time Eiffel 65 come to our minds. And this is wrong.
We need, we desperately need a revival, and Get Over It is here to S E R V E.
Get Over It is a new club night that promises to take London by storm with their unapologetically trash-pop sound and aesthetic. It is the newest addition to MILK’s incredible roster.
But what is MILK? Simply put, MILK is Hannah Currie and Aileen Lynn: the two have been a fixture in Glasgow’s notorious club for 10 years, and they’ve been throwing parties under the MILK umbrella for the past 7. MILK is now a staple in the Scottish nightlife, with a plethora of parties: from “Laid” to the original “MILK”, as well as pop-punk and hip-hop karaokes in some of Glasgow’s most iconic locations, such as the O2 Academy, Rum Shack and The Art School.
Hannah has now moved to London for an MA at your favourite university, and she’s here to teach London how Glasgow parties. MILK is here to eradicate the “2 cool 4 school” attitude that London prides itself to have: by re-appropriating the trashiness of the 1995 – 2005 decade, “Get Over It” wants to tear down the self-consciousness of most London’s parties. Very few requisites to be part of this wonderful MILK family where there are no boundaries and the difference between event organisers and customers is non-existent – as Hannah told us, she loves to jump out of the DJ booth to jam to Madonna with the crowd: know how to party, love how to get drunk, learn that there’s no space for any sort of discrimination.
Get Over It will have its first instalment at the iconic Amersham Arms on Saturday 7th October. For the occasion, the venue where we all got shamelessly drunk at least once will get a proper makeover: inflatable chairs, a tuck shop selling Space Raiders and Freddos, free glitters everywhere and, most importantly, maxi-projections of the best that early 00s Top of the Pops has to offer will definitely offer us Amersham Arms die-hard fans something to look forward to.
MILK is not just shiny glitter and trashy visuals though: get ready to sweat off all of your bodily fluids thanks to Hannah and her partner in crime Aileen, who’s going to come down to London to start off MILK’s first venture here with a BANG! Expect the worst of the worst that those 10 years left us with: from Blink 182 asking how old they are around 50 times in 3 minutes, to Madonna questioning the value of music in contemporary post-capitalistic culture, it will be a 6-hours bangerz bonanza that you simply cannot miss.
You have a week to get ready for the party you’ve been waiting for 12 years: on October 7th, at Amersham Arms, all your bubblegum dreams will materialise thanks to Get Over It.
Hannah told us that her most memorable MILK moment in Glasgow has been a guy falling off the stage during a karaoke performance, but I am confident London can do much better than that, can we not?
You wonderful and amazing [smiths] readers are going to be treated with a special discounted entry by just mentioning [smiths] at the door – wonderful innit?
Get in the mood with this amazing playlist that Hannah handpicked for you guys.
Get Over It: A 90s/00s nostalgia party at Amersham Arms. Launch night: Saturday 7th October. 8pm – 3am.
Get ready to see these girls take over London: next up is their brand new party Tearing Up My Heart at our beloved Student Union in November, only to then move their triumph march North of the river.
See ya Saturday!
Words, Raffaele Buono @_RaffaB
Images all courtesy of Hannah Currie