The history of Mayday Club
The beginning ...
the summer of 2001. Florence is sweltering in the grip of a stifling
heatwave, but in Fiesole, above the sultry plain, a cool breeze swirls
gently around the Roman amphitheatre, unknowingly carrying with it the
seeds of a new idea…two guys have a dream…There they are, in a garage on
the hillside, surrounded by relics from another era: the era of the
telegraph, of radio waves, of receivers & transmitters…We’ll hear
more about those later. With a craftsman’s touch they are busy planing,
cutting, polishing, lovingly following the grain of the wood…Unbeknown
to you, dear reader, it was in that workshop that Mayday began to
germinate & thrive, as hopes were nurtured…And thus, ten years ago,
Mayday came to be.
Mayday, or MaydayMayday, as many passing underneath its sign say, or mmday to the loyalest of the regulars.
After the dots, its essence as in three swift dashes ---
jewel of the Renaissance. Some say that the Florentines have been
resting on their laurels since those times, but try talking to the
characters in this story. Florence is a small city, full of
concealed treasures. Delve into it, and its riches will be
unfurled before you, delights to be savoured, allowed to linger on the
At Mayday you’ll find the distilled essence of the alchemist’s magic, musical and liquid. It’s not so much a club, more a sanctum of skills, where everything, even the beer, bears the consummate touch of the artist. Choice natural delicacies are served; nothing for the mass market here. Selected organic products are teased apart and merged anew, in expertly calibrated combinations that strike the right note just for you. With the hands of a demigod our barman transmutes blueberries into a Sweet Dream, beneficial Japanese green tea into a Martini...
Connoisseurs of hops and malt will find unfiltered, unpasteurised beers brewed from local barley and wheat, following age-old English techniques. Quench your thirst with deep draughts flecked with creamy foam, like stars against the velvet night...
Our knowledgeable staff will guide you on a journey of discovery to new horizons of taste. Ordering a drink at Mayday is a geographical as well as an Epicurean experience, a voyage around the world, albeit a stationary one.
You cast off from the purest of springs, tasting exclusive French vodka, ply to cold Scottish waters to sip the smoothest of whiskys, then drop anchor in tropical seas to quaff the best Bay Rums. When he chooses, the Captain opens the galley and offers you gargantuan sandwiches bursting with traditional Tuscan flavours.
Now the form ...
radio beacon at 16r Via Dante beams out steadily and
constantly, inviting wayfarers from far and near. Its light
attracts the curious, and guides all homewards after a memorable visit.
It is this radio beacon which shines forth on our story. It is our point of departure and of arrival. Here the wheel comes full circle.
The history of radio is our theme, from the first broadcasts to high design cathode ray tubes. In Mayday you find radios from past times, times which are very much alive for us. Radios from the thirties as well as black and white photographs whose subjects could have inspired the Brothers Alinari, bear witness to bygone days.
The interior of Mayday is thick with vintage memorabilia. When you think you have seen it all and your earliest childhood recollections have been evoked, don’t forget one more thing: cast your gaze up to the ceiling. You’ll be amazed at how many radios are hanging there, illuminated by a soft light that makes Mayday seem like a theatre where every member of the audience can take the stage and be tempted to play the lead. Everyone can make a contribution. Attention to detail is the hallmark of Mayday: indeed, there is a multitude of details everywhere. Nothing is left to chance. How could Marco, our alchemist, fail to be captivated by the thousands of flasks and valves suggesting ever-new permutations and combinations, notes inspiring wonderous inventions...
The music every evening is unique. Remixed sound tracks provide an accompaniment that ripples into every corner and cocoons you; it’s for you to follow the melodies into the farthest nooks and crannies. The atmosphere is friendly and convivial, fostering new ideas and enthusiasms. It’s a crucible of talent where people spend time together, make plans, or just have fun.
Mayday hosts artists’ installations and exhibitions, some permanent. Every artist who has come here has left a trace of his passage, for this is a place of cultural interaction. The premises are also a venue for personal showings and collections from emerging artists. Deep in the innermost recesses of the club designs for living and wearing take shape, seeds that will grow and express the spirit of Mayday.
Mayday is an open laboratory in continuous evolution, inviting new projects, throbbing with inspiration and creativity.
And here, dear reader, our story begins...