Located in Harrington Street; The Assembly is one of the best clubs Cape Town has to offer. It officially opened on the 12th of December 2007 and despite it being relatively new, it has established itself quickly. Popular due to its ambience, you will find all types of people inside – from dressed up dolls to grungy punks and everything in-between. The best part is that people are totally unconcerned with what everyone else is doing – united by the music and the passion, preoccupied with dancing and having a good time – the pretentiousness that unfortunately permeates the Cape Town club scene is nowhere to be found.
This is not your typical Cape Town club because of what it offers clients – a diverse range of live musical acts ensuring the biggest and best beats out there, and space – an important factor in Cape Town, where most of the clubs are the size of a hamster cage (and a small one at that). Assembly was originally a storage warehouse, and the original fittings have been restored but not changed, ensuring that the exposed rafters and warehouse feel add to the mash up of intense underground mayhem – slick as well as industrial.
With 4 large bars you don’t have to wait long for drinks – important in Cape Town’s laidback culture. There are two stages – a large one for the main act and a smaller one for mini or supporting acts – with a dance floor in front of each. There is also a dance floor in the smoking section and a smaller one in another couched area. The live acts project their music throughout the club ensuring the vibe is constant throughout – a small detail that smokers will appreciate – they don´t have to feel like they are missing out on too much during their nicotine fix.
Assembly manages to accommodate the loud “ravers” with their space and assortment of entertainment areas, but what about those who just want to chill out, have a beer and watch live bands in comfort? Well, Assembly has something for these people too – their ambient lighting and vast seating options (ranging from plush armchairs to comfy booths) ensure that no matter the reason you’re there, you will enjoy yourself. There are even foosball tables in one area for those who feel like a bit of action during their night.
Most importantly, what separates this club from the rest is its diverse range of international and local artists from a vast genre of music. Some of the artists featured include Plush, Dirty Skirts, Sweat.X., Haezer, Pascal & Pearce and Finley Quaye. One thing’s for sure – if you love alternative music, or fresh new music, Assembly is for you. It would not be a surprise to walk in and hear anything from the following list – death electro, underground house, punk, rock, indie, jazz or electronica. If you are the type who needs to know what to expect, it would be best to check the extensive line up on their website, and possibly plan your adventure in advance. If you prefer mainstream music, Assembly is probably not for you – you won´t find Kesha, Rihanna or Britney in these walls. You can also book tickets for many of the events online which gets you a discounted from the ‘at-the-door’ price. There is a coat check – important during Cape Town winters. And, if it’s your birthday, you and three friends will be put on the guest list – meaning you will have free entry (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to organise this). As the tickets can range from R30 to R100 (depending on the artists playing that night), this is a definite bonus.
Friday nights at Assembly are Discotheque nights – the club is always pumping with heavy dance music and happy patrons. I would recommend a Discotheque night for someone who has never been to Assembly before, as it is a great indication of what one can expect from this musical giant.
Assembly opens at 9pm and runs until late (usually until about 4am). To find out more about upcoming events, or to get more information about the club, you can either find them on Facebook or twitter. For bookings and info, call +27 84 555 2048 or check out their website HERE