A Derby club has used lockdown to completely change not only how it looks but how it operates.
Blue Note, on Sadler Gate, is currently being renovated, with a new stage, VIP loungue, kitchen, sound system and bar among the additions for what owner Gareth Bardill described was previously a “tired” club.
“It’s completely unrecognisable from what people would have remembered,” says Gareth. “We have been very busy dragging it into the 21st century because it doesn’t look like it’s been touched since the 1980s.”
“You won’t hear this from anyone else, but lockdown’s actually been a bit of a blessing in disguise, because it’s given us the option to go back to the bare skin of the club. If I’d had to do that when it was open we’d have had to close for a few months.”
He described the club, before renovations took place, as being “a bit sticky and a bit manky” but says that the new and improved Blue Note will blow away visitors once nightclubs are allowed to reopen.
Originally, it only opened on Friday and Saturday as a nightclub, but Gareth has plans to reintroduce Derby to Blue Note as a bar, a live music venue, and as a nightclub.
He also expects to open three or four days a week and says that he will be hiring more staff as a result, although, once lockdown is lifted he says the club will be open every day of the week to welcome back party goers who, by then, will have been unable to go clubbing for 15 months.
The owner for two years, Gareth is excited to finally have an idea of when he can reopen.
“We’re over the moon. We were unable to open whatsoever, so at least we have light at the end of the tunnel now. It gives us something to work towards, get the guys back in, get the club ready and then we’ll be ready to rock and roll.”
The club is currently “a bit of a building site” according to Gareth, but check out our gallery below to see just how much the club is being renovated ready for its summer reopening.
The lockdown “road map” at this stage indicates night clubs could be reopening on June 21.