The owner of Derby’s Blue Note nightclub has been overwhelmed by the response to the venue’s reopening plans after tickets for its first event sold out in just six hours.
The Sadler Gate venue, which first opened in 1978, has been given a new lease of life over the past few months with a new stage, VIP lounge, kitchen, sound system and bar area.
The refurbishment comes ahead of the planned reopening as a bar on May 17 and as a nightclub on June 21, subject to the lifting of Government restrictions.
Once reopen, the venue is planning a host of music events – the first of which is a return of the legendary 90s house music night Progress on July 10.
Progress was a staple of Derby’s 90s club scene, starting at Wherehouse (now home to Mosh ) in Friar Gate, before moving to the Conservatory, in Willow Row; Eclipse, in Babington Lane, and then the Time nightclub, in Mansfield Road.
The Blue Note’s revival on July 10 will feature DJs Sonique, Paul Morell, Pete Wye and Bob’s Disco and has proved so popular that it sold out within six hours with people contacting the venue in search of extra tickets.
It is planned that it will now become a regular Blue Note event.
Owner Gareth Bardill said: “The response has been amazing. We’ve had lots of positive messages and comments reminiscing about the past party scene in Derby.
“We’re now provisionally booking in more events so we’ve got a great line-up for the rest of the year. But we’re doing it in a way that’s moveable so we can juggle things at the last minute if we need to.”
Other scheduled nights at the Blue Note include: Off Grid Events, a tech house night featuring Deltech on June 23; Back to the 80s, a night of music from the iconic decade on July 24; and on August 6 Arcade presents Reboot, featuring DJs Hedex, Disrupta and Dj Looney, among others.
Gareth, who acquired the club in June 2019, is also planning to hold live music events as part of his transformation plans, which started with a complete refurbishment during lockdown.
“It’ll be a fantastic fresh new look right the way through but I’ll be opening up with members of the old team; they’ve stood by me in the past so while we were down I’ve stood by them,” he said.
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“We’ve had twelve months now to rip the club apart and give it the time and love and attention that it needed.
“People should completely forget everything they’ve seen or heard about the Blue Note previously because it’s all changed.
“It’s going to be one of Derby’s premier live music and entertainment venues going forward, so get yourself down here.”