Good Bye Velvet

On Sunday night, after more than two decades, the music will stop at Rimini's iconic Velvet Club & Factory. Since the club opened in 1989 they have played host to over 1,000 events, including some of the biggest names in rock:  Nirvana, Blur, Ramones, Black Sabbath, Violent Femmes, Editors, Motörhead, Primal Scream, and more recently Italian rock band Marlene Kuntz. #FareWellVelvet-2

Covering a major event isn't all fun and games, this is serious business. It requires precise planning; first item on the agenda, "Are you sure we have enough Gin & Tonic? Else, things could get ugly."

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Early evening, the last rays of sun flood Velvet's event floor. The Velvet Team, musicians, technicians, journalists, and early drinkers go about their final preparations before the approaching storm.

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Sound check with Manuel Agnelli, and Afterhours.

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First, feed and water the troops...

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"Cristiano, you'll be fine out there. I'll organize you a chair to sit on, hell I'll even come out there and take a picture of you if you like."

"Chico, stay the fuck off the stage!"

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At 2am Team NOPANIC had begun to show signs of fatigue. Pinky and The Brain took a pause to consider our next move...

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Meanwhile our fearless leader was hatching a plan...

"Quick woman, give me three more gin & tonics. And then find me a big square, black box."

"A black box? What do you plan do with that?"

"The same thing I do everyday, try to make people act crazy and have their pictures taken."

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"Super merda! They've got me!" #FareWellVelvet-31#FareWellVelvet-32#FareWellVelvet-34#FareWellVelvet-35#FareWellVelvet-36#FareWellVelvet-37

And then things really got ugly...

Rimini has its own Flavor Flav!

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"Listen, just trust me. Obviously I can close a bra strap ... hahaha"

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Four in the morning, "What say we go home Brain?"

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