In The South

Zanzibar Reunion tonight at Neighbourhood

Besi Besemar July 3, 2015

Last summer, four friends Gavyn Ritchie, Mel Chan, Jason Lupi and Chris Saddler were chatting on social media about the great times they had at a long gone venue, The Zanzibar in Brighton.


They decided that as they were all going to be in Brighton again at the same time, what a good idea it would be to meet up for drinks and a catch up.

After creating an Event Page on Facebook to remind each other of the upcoming get together, the idea expanded and they decided to invite a few more friends to a small reunion at Audio, the now renamed Escape Club.

What followed took them a little by surprise.

The original invite list was extended to just 12 close friends, but word quickly spread about the upcoming Zanzibar Reunion and on the evening, despite expecting just a few invited guests to turn up, 40 plus friends turned up, including the owner of the Zanzibar Daren Andrew who flew in especially from Ibiza with other guests coming from wide and far.

Understandably, post event, many of the original crowd who frequented the Zanzibar were disappointed at not being invited and chat soon turned to a much bigger reunion for 2015.

The lovely Kim Doherty and Ben Gill at Neighbourhood Bar on St James Street agreed to hold the 2015 reunion. With DJ Josh The Barber agreeing to play for the evening, the date was set for Friday July 3, 2015.

Gavyn created a Facebook event as an Open Invitation and with an invite list reaching nearly 400 people, and invites going out as far as New York, Cape Town, and Sydney, the Zanzibar 2015 Reunion has truly gone viral.

This years event is totally free, but after speaking with Danny Dwyer and Julie Rawcliffe who fund raise for The Sussex Beacon, Gavyn said: “A small donation to this fantastic charity would be warmly welcomed.” 

The evening will be hosted by Dolly Rocket.

Gavyn continued: “Lets make this a reunion party to remember and let the good time memories come rolling back”.

For up to the minute information on Facebook about the reunion, click here:

Event: Zanzibar Reunion

Where: Neighbourhood, 101 St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1TP (voted in the top 16 Secret Bars in the UK to visit, and also voted Brighton’s best outdoor space)

When: Friday July 3, 2015

Time: 7pm