INFORMATION FOR GUEST DJSPlease note that The Asylum is 21+! DJs and performers must be of age in order to participate. (This is the club's policy - not our own!)
Are you a DJ? - Wanna spin at PLAGUE?
One of the main goals of Gothic Maine is to bring more people into the fold through fresh ideas and fresh sounds. If you're interested in spinning as a guest DJ, please contact Wally (wally fenderson at gmail dot com) with a demo CD and references from other venues/promoters. He'll contact you with details.
EquipmentThe mix board is a Denon DN-X300 and the decks are Denon DN-S1000. Follow the links to get to the manuals for each.
We do not have expertise with vinyl or laptop setups. If you have such a rig, please get to the club no later than 8:30 to setup before doors. You will not be allowed to change the configuration after 9pm.
VenueThe venue is The Asylum. The room we have is the downstairs part. The upstairs is reserved for concerts. The space holds about 100 people, has a single bar, and a dj booth. We have a separate stamp to distinguish "us" from "them". The bartender, Dickie, pours a strong drink and is a master of the zombie!
Most of all clubs/bars in Portland are 21+. The Asylum isn't an exception unless advertised otherwise. You must be of age. Sorry!
When to Show UpThe Plague staff usually arrives at the club around 8. If you want to tinker with the decks or setup a laptop or other extra equipment, show up by 8:30. If you are headlining, arriving around 9:30 is generally good. If you are spinning 9-10pm it's best to get there by 8:30. If you do show up before 9, the main doors will not be open yet. Just go in through the Sports Bar (green awning) and ask. They'll direct you downstairs.
HoursThe club is open 9-1am like most of Portland. $2 before 9:30 - $5 afterwards.
The CrowdAttendence is about 50-80 people depending on the weather/season/tide. In general the crowd is a mixing pot of different kinds of "goth" folks. Everything from the romatic goths to rivetheads. With the start of PLAGUE we've tried to keep things mixed up so that the DJ's don't get stuck with one setlist that is played over and over again. So as a DJ, please bring us some new music, but be aware that we're a small night and it's important to keep the floor going. Never play for yourself or let those people who go outside to smoke have an excuse to get bored and leave. You will hurt the night and nix your opportunity to be invited back.
Hint: The more people you can bring out to hear you and the more you can keep that dancefloor going, the more likely you are to get rebooked.
SetlistsEach DJ is responsible for recording and posting their setlists.
ParkingParking usually available on Free Street unless there is an event at the Civic Center. Many of the side streets off of the other side of Congress have parking.
Whatever you do DO NOT PARK IN A GARAGE! Most of the garages close at midnight and you're car will be stuck until the morning.
EatsThere are tons of places to eat in Portland. Portland nationally has the highest number of restaurants per capita. If you're in the mood for a particular style/ethnicity, you can find it here. If you're in a pinch, The Asylum has good pub food upstairs. Binga's also has good pub food and you can't beat Margarita's for texmex. As for late night eats, there is a Denny's. Ask or follow the patrons.
Directions to The AsylumTravel time from Boston is 1.75 to 2.5 hours depending on where you're leaving from and at what time.
Take 128 or Rt 1 to I-95 N.
You will pass through 1 toll in NH.
You will pass through another toll in ME.
Take exit 44 to Portland, I-295.
You will pass through yet another toll.
Take 1-295 to the Franklin Street exit.
You will go through a series of lights up a hill.
Make a right onto Congress Street. There will be a big parking lot on your right.
You will go through the heart of downtown Portland. Center Street actually intersects with Congress Street but it's a one way the wrong way. So pass Center Street and make a left onto Brown Street. The Stadium will be on the corner of Brown and Congress and you'll see Margarita's on the right.
Go to the end of the street and make a left onto Free Street (you're going around the block). The next street up is Center Street and you should see the Asylum across Margarita's Parking lot. The Civic Center will be on your right. Take another left to get on Center Street (unless you see a parking spot).