Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Carlisle nightclub opens with 10 new jobs

A nightclub in Carlisle will open tonight creating 10 new jobs.

Nightlife: Co-owner James Mackie, left, and bar manager Ash Wise of the new Rumours club which is opening in Englishgate Plaza, Carlisle, tonight in the unit formerly occupied by Terminal and Kiss

Rumours in Englishgate Plaza is opening in the unit formerly occupied by Terminal and Kiss nightclubs. Both had closed leaving the premises vacant.

The club, which is being run by Darryl Thomas and James Mackie, will be open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights and is also available for private hire.

Mr Thomas, who has a background in media and is also a licensee, said: “James used to work at Mood and he came back to Carlisle for a night out and was amazed at the bar culture here.

“On one of our nights out we watched as people hopped from bar to bar but at about 12.30pm they got into a taxi and went home as there was nowhere for them to go.

“We identified a gap in the market and decided if an opportunity arose then we would go for it and utilise our experience.”

Mr Thomas, who has worked at city bars including Cassa, stressed that the new club was about creating an atmosphere and not about its location.

He said: “We want it to have a great atmosphere like Mood used to. It’s not where you go but who you’re with that creates a good atmosphere.”

Tuesday nights will be aimed at students and Friday nights will be music themed nights.

Mr Thomas said: “Friday tends to be quite quiet. We want to give people a reason to come out and listen to a different type of music that’s not the same week in week out.

“At the weekend we are aiming at the 30+ market.”

Saturday nights will be a revival night featuring music from five decades.

Renovations have been carried out at the club including a newly restructured reception, changed bar area, new toilets and DJ booth.

“The format we inherited was a classic nightclub set up that was a bit tired.

“We’ve changed that and refurbished it,” said Mr Thomas.

Ten new bar and cleaning staff are also being taken on.

There will be a fancy dress party on Tuesday, December 18 and Robbie Williams tribute act, Tony Lewis, will perform next Friday, December 21.

DJ Mally Chung and special guests will spin some discs in a Back to The Basics night on Boxing Day.

There will be a Christmas party disco for under 16’s – with soft drinks – on December 28 from 7pm to 10pm.

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