''The best site addition this year? The Glasshouse bar in the walled garden – the best cocktails in this or any other town, from the crew behind Electric in Galway, together with a roster of cracking, crowd-pleasing DJs. This little corner of the castle had a full-on block party for the entire weekend. It’s glitzy, glamorous and endlessly friendly – another crafted detail in a festival that works harder than the rest.''
''Where street food meets disco. We’re actually a little bit disgusted that nobody thought of this sooner. But BIteclub thought of it – and they nailed it too. They serve street food from all over the world, all under one roof, accompanied by whopper cocktails, brilliant music, disarmingly friendly staff, and a bit of a dance if you’re into that sort of thing.''
Creator, Director (2012-2015)
A 10,000 sq ft venue in The West of Ireland.
Electric is a space that approaches nightlife differently. Bringing together a rooftop streetfood restaurant, a cocktail bar and two club spaces to create a new kind of nightclub.
It’s as much about what’s off the stage as on the stage. We we love design, detail, BIG parties with creative lineups and deadly drinks. Electric is about sharing ideas, dancing on tables and working towards building something together.
Aiming to be the first cocktail bar in the country to introduce a "Farm-to-Bar" ideology, sourcing the ingredients for our cocktails from local greenmarkets, organic produce venders and our own Rooftop Herb Garden. Showcasing fresh, top-quality, seasonal ingredients in a way that supports local farmers, health and sustainability.
''It would have been easy to opt for more established institutions in London such as Fabric or Plastic People, but for me Factory in Galway was my club of 2013.
When it opened in 2012 Factory filled that void, bringing in new nights as well as embracing the old and hosting some fantastic Irish and International acts in the process.''
Ron Morelli (L.I.E.S)
Co-Creator, Producer (2015)
CONFETTI was a party in support of the YesEquality campaign in the Marriage Equality referendum on May 22nd, 2015. We were lucky enough to have Berghain / Panorama Bar (OFFICIAL) residents Steffi & Virginia, Prosumer fly themselves over to support the project.
''For John Leo Gillen, who created the venue with inclusiveness in mind and planned Confetti along with creative partner Mary Nally, the significance of a yes vote can’t be understated. Electric Galway (with the help of a dozen DJs, a drag queen and a street theatre company) threw an extravagant wedding-themed party to encourage as many young people to vote as possible. The event also highlighted the socially progressive and supportive nature of the international underground scene; renowned German DJ Prosumer and Berlin’s Panorama Bar residents Steffi and Virginia all played for free.''
No Way Back
Rave in a Government-seized arcade.
A party inspired by the mess we’re in. (Ireland 2013)
“It was a time when the city had fallen into decay, with too few jobs, money, police, schools, and social services...And yet out of the chaos emerged one of the most creative times any city has ever encountered.” - NY77
Taking a NAMA block of Celtic concrete and filling it with some of the most inspiring live acts in the country, the best DJs and the top party throwers and goers, No Way Back turns things back around. A bowling alley, an arcade, bespoke drinks in a cave and a dancefloor in a plastic jungle with a waterfall on the side.
Commissioned by Mary Hickson, director of Sounds From A Safe Harbour - (a festival of music, art and conversation in Cork city), to design and produce a bespoke installation bar in The Bonded Warehouse in 24 hours. Made from 100 paper cones, a scaffold and an art school’s furniture.