In an effort to freshen up their signature dance night, the Valarium is tapping into Japanese pop culture and replacing Saturday night’s long-running Voodoo with Tokyo GoGo, featuring Knoxville native and Japan resident (and multiple Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville winner) DJ Slink. Slink and business partner Darla Patterson based the new concept based on Slink’s experiences spinning in Japan’s club scene. Patterson says the dance night will still feature all of Voodoo’s staples, but with a bold Japanese theme.
“We’re pretty much just taking what Voodoo was and elevating it to the next level of fun,” says Brian Coakley, director of booking and promotions for the Valarium.
Guests were greeted on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the event’s opening night by a large red carpet that led anxious newcomers and Voodoo loyalists into the packed dance party. Inside, Slink’s set-up filled the Valarium’s massive stage with LED screens, state-of-the-art lighting, a 50,000-watt sound system, and multiple-level platforms. Dancers clad in Harajuku-style punk and goth gear occupied several levels and balconies throughout the dance floor.
As the night crept into the early hours of the morning, any worries about the event’s transformation had disappeared, to judge by the sweat-drenched crowd.