STUFF journalist and URGE Events co-director Alan Granville has announced he is stepping down from the NZ dance party brand.

From co-owning and managing URGE Bar on K Road until in closure in 2014 to forming the national roaming party brand, URGE Events, Granville has spent 18 years working on URGE and describes the decision to move on as ‘massively difficult.’

“Urge will always be one of the most significant chapters of my life, from helping this former backpacker become part of the gay community in New Zealand, to providing me a platform to fundraise for various charities, to, of course, meeting my husband.

“I’ve been really, really fortunate to work alongside some incredible staff, DJs, volunteers, creatives, sponsors, venue operators, as well as promoters both here and abroad. So much talent in helping to produce the thousands of nights at Urge Bar and the over 100 Urge Events parties,” Granville told followers on social media.
Granville went on to confirm he will also step away from organising the annual Bear NZ Week festival, but we remain an active member of the Wellington Bears group.

Regular URGE DJ Everett Wayne will take over from Alan as co-director alongside long-time URGE and Bear community stalwart Paul Heard.

Urge Events Alan Granville (left), Paul Heard (centre), and Everett Wayne (right). Photo | Peter Jennings.