The Purple Turtle @ Gun Street, Reading
June 26, 2008
Our evening started nicely last Wednesday. We’d visited a fashion show at the TVU where end of year BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-levels) students were showing off their designs.
Their theme was animode – a fusion of animals, animation and fashion. It was an impressive show and we floated out in high spirits ready to enjoy the night.
After walking from Reading Station and then all about town, the Angels agreed The Purple Turtle was where it was all happening. We decided to leave our halos at the door – even Angels need a night off.
After last week, where we witnessed the amazing transformation of The Fez into Sakura, it felt good to step into somewhere more familiar. The Turtle is a venue that has seen little change and that we can find our way around eyes shut if need be. A fresh lick of paint has brightened the place up, but it’s still The Turtle we know and love.
After hitting the bar we headed straight to the heated beer garden where we joined a table of friends having an after-work drink. Friends who were strangers to us ... until we gatecrashed their conversation.
Some of them were students syudying for their ND Art and Design. They were having a well deserved drink with a couple of their tutors after completing their final exhibition.
The students were quite emotional as they praised their tutors for all the help and support they had given and wanted to say a special thanks to Dan Pennie and Hannah Mease.
Not everybody was behaving like an Angel down in the Turtle’s basement but life is short and fun is for the takers. DJ Will was playing his anything but usual eclectic mix of indie, electronica and electro but with his massive and varied collection you must expect the unexpected.
There is something for everybody at The Turtle just take your pick of the nights…
Monday is karaoke night upstairs until 1am, while downstairs DJ Will plays metal, metal and more metal. If it’s not your thing, have a few half-price cocktails or selected cheap bottles and it soon will be.
Tuesday is Bar Code with DJ Robbo playing electronic rock, house and old school classics.
Thursday is Kinky Indie night with a selected free jukebox upstairs and 25 per cent student discount on the bar. The basement is pumping with Dubstep provided on alternating weeks between Resonance and Rebel Skankin.
On Fridays, Subfactory brings drum ‘n’ bass to the basement, while on Saturday it’s Lowdown’s turn to play more drum ‘n’ bass in the same venue.
Sunday sees Solid Vibes Promotions bring Roots Garden – an evening of reggae and good vibes – to revellers.
There’s free entry every night and 20 per cent off all drinks before 10.30pm.