UK Thursdays Moves to Monarch Theatre

The Monarch in downtown Phoenix is going to be shaking and quaking with sonic booms of bass every Thump Day as long-running dubstep joint UK Thursdays has moved to the Washington Street club as of last week.

Promoters behind the bass-heavy EDM night, which originally launched back in 2009 as the Valley's first weekly devoted to dubstep, told Up on the Sun that they've left their longtime home at Tempe's School of Rock and landed at the downtown dance emporium.

While they're tight-lipped on the reasons behind the move, the UK Thursdays peeps say that they've definitely traded up for a better venue.

See also: Club Candids: UK Thursdays at School of Rock See also: Subversion Returning to Tempe's School of Rock as UK Thursdays

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Co-promoter Blake Ludera, who also performs as DJ ill-legal?, says Monarch's "impressive" PK Sound system is more ideal for the low-end sounds that the night typically features in abundance, ranging from dubstep and drum 'n' bass to UK garage and grime. (Meanwhile, School of Rock has launched a new Thump Day event called Static Thursdays, which has featured a variety of local DJs and EDM artists, including Brett Ortiz and Lujan.)

This isn't the first time that Ludera and his co-promoters Mary Mahan and Jared "DJ J. Paul" Jackson have had to pack things up and head for a new venue. The Thursday weekly, originally launched at Cherry Lounge (the former identity of School of Rock) three years ago relocated to bygone Scottsdale nightclub Disco and changed its name to Subversion for a few months before eventually returning to its old identity and old home at Mill Avenue club.

Ludera adds that while UK Thursdays' relocation to the Monarch is for the foreseeable future, it's still undetermined if the night will remain a weekly.

"It's definitely going to be at the Monarch, the only thing that we're not 100 percent on is whether it's going to be weekly or bi-monthly," Ludera says. "But we're definitely happy with Monarch and they're happy with us. That much is confirmed."

Another thing that's confirmed is UK Thursdays' slate of upcoming guest DJs. While tonight's edition will feature the Bass Battle IV and star Washington D.C.'s Grime Syndicate and L.A.-based dubstep artist Gangsta Fun, they're scheduled to host Funtcase and the other artists of the Rage by the Pound Tour on October 11. Britain's Dodge and Fuski will also visit the night on October 25.

UK Thursdays's Bass Battle IV takes place a 10 p.m. tonight at Monarch Theatre. Admission is $5-$7.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.