Enduring appeal

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Cape Town: After nearly eight years, Fiction is still minting EDM greats

Butterfly-like life spans would appear to be the norm for Mother City clubs, but very occasionally a venue digs in, retaining support come recession or ridicule. Fiction on Long Street is such a place. This sanctuary of alternative electro genres is located in an 1856 Victorian with a New Orleans-y wrap-around balcony. It was founded in 2006 by Jonathan Cline and Adam Klein and their genius, according to Bruno Morphet of Killer Robot fame, was to base a club around a music policy.

In the coming years the venue launched local legends like Mix and Blend, Gazelle and Niskerone, while hosting international frontiersmen like Seth Troxler, Pendulum and Danny Wheeler. The club closed in 2010, but was re-launched six months later by Robbie Mulholland, Tom Kennedy and Don Blignaut. “Some institutions deserve to endure and it has been our mission to ensure Fiction does,” says Kennedy. Cue recent visitations by the likes of Skrillex and Zombie Nation, and local club scene proof that there can be life in death.

226 Long Street
Cape Town

“Some institutions deserve to endure and it has been our mission to ensure Fiction does.”
Tom Kennedy

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Falko, 42, is a legendary graffiti artist from Cape Town

My favourite club in town is…

Mercury Live makes me happy, long time.

A local band every Capetonian should know is…

Taxi Violence.

My favourite cocktail is…

I don’t discriminate, though as a rule I move from lightest to darkest coloured drinks. Never the other way.

I never leave the house at night without…

My wife, who holds my keys and wallet when I breakdance

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How famous cocktails got their names



American mining engineer Jennings Cox ran out of gin while entertaining guests at home in Cuba, so he improvised. His cocktail of rum, fruit and sugar was a hit, and in 1905 he named it after a nearby village.  

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When Venetian barman Giuseppe Cipriani mixed Prosecco with fresh peach and raspberry juice, the resulting pink drink reminded him of a toga in a Giovanni Bellini painting. Hence the name. (Now it’s not pink.)  

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Bloody Mary

Its most likely origin relates to Parisian barman Fernand Petiot, who is said to have made the drink in 1920 for vodka heir Vladimir Smirnov, whose name was mispronounced by a drunken patron.   

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