The Dark Horse
After running the venue in Rutá Live/O’Byrne’s bar on Capel Street for a year Poster Fish Promotions was formed. From September 2011 to August 2012 Poster Fish Promotions ran the Saturday night slot at the Dark Horse Inn on Burgh Quay in Dublin. The venue went on to become famous for its ‘Breakfast Club’ 7am Saturday morning raves.
PFP worked with a wide variety of djs and promoters to host regular drum & bass, reggae and ska nights with some really special one-off gigs thrown in to the mix. DJ Mek of legendary Irish late 90’s Hip-Hop act Scary Eire played at Breaks and Beats in February 2012 with Captain Moonlight and Moschops. On Hallowe’en 2011 Shige (Scotch Egg) and DJ Shitmat were a last minute addition to an already great line up just hours before the gig. The venue was packed to the rafters until the small hours when PFP organised a coach to take punters to a festival in Wicklow, which on arrival, was being raided and shut down by the Gardaí. None the less the night was fantastic and didn’t end there!
In April 2012 we hosted a fundraiser for the Campaign Against the Household Tax which saw a number of elected representatives take to the decks with surprisingly good results and a little bit of support from some of our regular djs. The Anarchist Book Fair after-party in 2012 also took place in the Dark Horse with some of our regulars joined by Dublin hip-hop act Temper-mental MissElayneous. On 28 April 2012 a huge crowd spilled in after Reclaim the Streets for the after party fittingly held in the Dark Horse, outside of which a riot involving incidences of police brutality had taken place at Reclaim the Streets 10 years earlier. PFP love a good variety night and this one saw trad band Lynched joined by hip-hop artist Captain Moonlight, one of Dublin’s top Drum & Bass artists Ricky Force and two of the high kings of Irish Jungle DJ Welfare and BadManDeego along with a whole host of regulars and djs who wandered in still in possession of their records after Reclaim the Streets. In December 2011 Irish Reggae giant Cian Finn dropped in to sing a few songs after playing at the Occupy Dame Street camp and ended up staying all night.
Our regulars djs included; Paul V, Tommy Rash, Karl O’Cof, DJ Bambina, DJ Carax, Reggae Ritchie, Jero Roche, Fuxi, Don Rosco, Dr. Groove, Mecca, Bonz, Executive Steve, GKB and Brophy. Loads of other acts played the Dark Horse with us too like LionFX/Lion of the Ghetto, BlueFood, Michael Lovatt, Catscars, Alien Hand, Ilex, Brian Coniffe, the Gamepak lads also did dj sets as did the !Kaboogie lads.
After almost a year of spending nearly every Saturday night in one venue we decided this regular thing wasn’t for us. Our focus started to shift to running BYOB nights in the autonomous social centre Seomra Spraoi.