This one really blows. Of all the new openings this year, KTV was trying something different with a genuinely cool space that tried to poke a little fun at Shanghai's rich heritage of working girls and atonal singing. The club was launched by DingDongDisco, who started out the year as probably the strongest promoters around. For a while there, they could have put a party on in a public toilet in Hongkou and 4000 beautiful women would have turned up.
KTV started strongly with bookings from Chez Damier, Simon Rigg from Phonica Records, London's coolest vinyl shop, Lasale from Luv Shack records out of Vienna, Mike Simonetti from NYV -- these were the coolest kids in the world, playing (rumour has it) for a fraction of their regular DJ fees because DingDongDisco had such a good rep internationally for being solid, awesome people.
So what the fuck happened? Us, I guess. We didn't go. The place pulled in a fair-weather crowd for the big shows, but the smaller nights were dead, they struggled to find a crowd on the off-nights and, despite a recent redesign that moved the DJ booth and snazzed the place up, it just proved a little too out of the way for the casual crowd.
Life sucks. No word on what will happen to the place next. Perhaps it will revert back to a dodgy whack-shack... So, small glimmer of a slight silver lining there, I suppose.