Fri, Jul 19, 2013 - Page 10 News List

The Vinyl Word

By Marcus Aurelius  /  Contributing reporter

When MiniJay gets behind the decks, there are smiles everywhere.

Photo Courtesy of MiniJay

The landscape of Taiwan’s ever-evolving nightlife scene is littered with remnants of venues that have run their course. Who remembers DP, VS, Strike, Twiice, Light Lounge, Copa, Join Us, the Pig & Whistle, Rock Candy or E-Heaven — just to name a few? Once places switch off their LED light shows for the final time, it’s just a fact that people move on to new venues.

The middle of a super typhoon is pretty bad timing for a grand opening of a new location, but the show must always go on. Most of the people that made it to Triangle in the Yuanshan Expo Park last Friday night were impressed with its concept. Instead of just trying to be a nightclub, Triangle is an industrialized art space with a riveting visual experience. MiniJay (real name Chiu Yung-jie, 邱永杰), who makes his debut at Triangle tonight, has nothing but praise for the new spot.

“As the name implies, the shape of Triangle is triangular,” he said. “Unlike most other clubs in Taiwan, it has a unique underground venue feel. Rather than describing it as a club, the vibe in Triangle is more like a mini-warehouse with an amazing sound system and decor. Triangle has got great potential and is definitely a future star venue for people who enjoy underground sounds.”

■ MiniJay, Yoshi and Acid Rabbit play tonight at Triangle from 10:30pm to 3am, 1, Yuman St, Taipei City (台北市玉門街1號). Admission is NT$300 and comes with a drink.

Another new-ish venue that has been getting some shine recently is the park running alongside Taipei’s Shuanghsi River (雙溪河) in Beitou (北投). Here, people can chill on the docks, take boat or jet ski rides and dance around to the latest hip-hop, dancehall and reggae sounds. DJ Antonio (real name Antonio Escobar), one of the founders of Vive La Nite Taiwan, a group that runs the Rum in the Sun parties every Saturday, said that these events aren’t the usual club night.

“Our team is a group of foreigners who incorporate different cultures into what we do, which gives a lovely feeling to the whole event,” Antonio said.

“It’s a relaxing place where people come out with their friends on a Saturday afternoon to enjoy some good music, delicious food with distinct Caribbean and Latin flavors and satisfying drinks. We’re bringing the things to Taipei that you would normally have to go to Kenting to experience.”

■ Rum in the Sun Old School Party Edition is tomorrow from 2pm to 9pm at Heshuang 21 Riverside Park (河雙21號公園) on Zhoumei St (洲美街), Taipei City. Admission is NT$500 with an open bar from 2pm to 4pm.

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