Black Fridays Turns 3 With These Most Memorable Moments

Photo by Ian Witlen
Celebrate three years of goth at Black Fridays' anniversary bash.

Since its inception in 2011, Black Fridays has been the go-to bash for the "dark electronic and classic new wave"-lovin' crowd.

And in the past three years, the popular party has seen it all -- from suspension acts to zombie walks to cosplay nights. It even outlasted multiple moves, from its home in the 954 at Green Room to the 305's Vagabond and back to its original spot in Fort Laudy's revamped spot, now known as Stache.

Tonight, Black Fridays will be celebrating its anniversary at Revolution Live along with Astari Nite. The band also premieres its "I.O. 1987" music video.

But before you black-wearing masses crowd the Fort Lauderdale venue, here are some of Black Fridays' most memorable moments according to the man who started it all, Mike Linder, AKA DJ Lindersmash.

See also: Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

Photo by Ian Witlen

The Birth of Black Fridays at Green Room
"Green Room was lighting in a bottle," Linder fesses up. "It wasn't even my choice. It just happened."

"I was a rotating DJ and had the idea to do something of a darker night. They asked me if I wanted to take over the night. I only had five days to prepare."

And three years later, here we are.

"I don't think I'll find another instance where a club lets me come in and take over every Friday night for so long."

Photo by Justin Rothenberg

Black Fridays' First Party
"Um, wow," the DJ recalls. "From the first night, it was insane. We had a skin mechanics suspension show. It was really cool and played a big role in the beginning in helping us get the word out.

"At the time, I wasn't as well-known in the scene. It took a lot of hard work, promoting and making deals and friends at first. The themed parties helped a lot."

Linder proudly admits, "I don't hide the fact that I'm an incredibly huge geek. My wife as well; she's a burlesque dancer. We have a network of performers who've helped us from the beginning. I would come up with different ideas, and they would jump on it."

Location Info


Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

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That's my best friend and I in the background of the cover photo. We don't go Black Friday anymore, due to racism on the part of the DJ, MC, and other guests. To be clear, our presence in that photo is not an endorsement of the event.

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