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Village Round-Up

Wayne Clews has the details of Essential's £500,000 makeover

Published on October 31st 2008.

Village Round-Up


The death knell has been sounded for clubbing on so many occasions; at the start of the late night licensing laws when pubs could open their doors until all hours, at the fateful decision to ban smoking in public places, and now, with this wearisome fiasco of a credit crunch which means more and more people are deciding to stay at home (should they be fortunate enough to afford one) and drink themselves silly on whatever is cheapest at ASDA that week. In such a climate, it's a brave move to splash out a load of cash to do up a nightclub, but that is just what Essential has done.

At the time of writing, the doors to this grand transformation have yet to be thrown open, but with a figure of around £500,000 apparently being spent, it would seem that Essential’s owners are not talking about a quick paint job and a few scatter cushions to brighten up the place. In fact, reports suggest that the Pop Lounge has been dramatically increased in size with a new shot and cocktail bar, while the whole sound system and lighting rig has been given a state-of-the-art overhaul. Attention has also been paid to the toilets which promise to be shiny, sparkling and new with the added bonus of an intriguing freshen up service. A lounge bar will also come with table service which, for decrepit and downright lazy souls such as myself, is always a bonus. And, there are cheaper door entry tariffs before midnight. Venues such as Spirit and Alter Ego have recently seen the benefits of a refurb and, with a decade of crowd-pleasing years behind them, Essential undoubtedly know what they are doing. See the results at Hippie Flip, Red Bender or Sabbath this weekend.


Zion Arts Centre, 7-9 November
A weekend showcase of rising female musical talent also featuring workshops challenging the sexist nature of the music industry. Guests include Manda Rin, The Slits and Vile Vile Creatures.

Friends of the Orient
Via, Fridays
A social contact group for gay Asians and their friends. The meeting takes place on a Friday evening in the restaurant area of the bar.

Liverpool, throughout November
Bit of a cheek recommending this, perhaps, but I can’t ignore Liverpool’s queer arts festival that is taking over the city this month. For full details visit: www.homotopia.net

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johnthebriefOctober 31st 2008.

You can be sure if that amount of money has been spent it didn't come out of Mr Martin-****'s own pocket

AnonymousOctober 31st 2008.

£500k.. about time! How much has Cruz ploughed back into it's club over the last 8 years while NMS has sat back, let the place go to rack and ruin and happily take our money??

RealisticOctober 31st 2008.

It would be nice to see some of these wealthy venues pumping their profits into the health and well being of the people that frequent their venues instead of lining their pockets.Sponsoring anti drug campaigns, supporting men's and women's sexual health initiatives...and making donations to the LGB (and T) voluntary and community groups in Manchester would be a start!

stejaskiOctober 31st 2008.

They could spend 5 million on it and it will stil be full of dreary queens off their over preened faces all trying to out vile each other. Hideous.

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