Highland Club Culture

Kick N' Hard

1991 - 1992

While a few events and clubs played the occasional dance track, ‘Kick’ was the first night in the Highlands dedicated to house music. Started in April 1991 by brothers Jim and Grant Grieves, the first night was a joint venture with local indie-dance legends ags (A Gentle Sound), who had already sowed some of the seeds of the new scene with their ‘Peace,Love and Unity’ rave tour the previous summer. The band opened the night and were followed by DJ sets from Chon and Zammo from Dundee’s Rhumba Club.

Over the following year Kick played host to a series of nights, moving from one venue to another as the local authorities made it difficult to settle in any particular home and venue owners with misconceptions as to what these nights were about increasingly shied away from initial willingness to host the night.

Dillingers, After Dark in Invergordon, Legends in Dingwall, Rose Street Hall and various ‘secret’ venues were utilised to party and avoid the over zealous attention from the powers that be in those early days.

Local lads Murray Scott, Paul Callaghan and Kev Lowrie became the Kick residents with occasional support from Inverness’ Scott Rapson and Gents from Elgin while a range of established names from throughout the country would regularly make the trek north to guest headline. The Sub Clubs Harri, Zammo from the Rhumba, Michael Kilkie from The Tunnel were regular headliners to both the regular Kick nights and the larger scale events with Orde and Stuart (Slam), Steve Bicknell and Scott James featuring at the Friday the 13th Parts 1 and 2 allnighters.

Kicks 1st Birthday, and swansong, saw Sasha grace the decks with the subsequent mixtape of the night becoming one of the sought after tapes of that era and still in high demand on download and streaming sites to this day.