Derry’s The Venue reopens as nightclub

The inside of the new upstairs Venue 2.0, which can accommodate up to 500 people.
The inside of the new upstairs Venue 2.0, which can accommodate up to 500 people.

Derry’s legendary former nightclub The Venue is due to be relaunched tonight as a premier new music club.

The Venue in Ballymagroarty was one of the city’s hottest nightspots throughout the 1990s and was the city’s main social hub for a generation of local people.

Now renamed Venue 2.0, tonight’s launch will sew the start of a weekly residency by Jack’s House dance events, with JC Williams manning the decks alongside Ryan Monaghan and Brendan Tracey at the opening gig.

Local events company Jika Jika! will also be running a monthly residency at The Venue from this Saturday.

Saturday’s opening gig will feature Sasha protege DJ Thermalbear from England playing alongside Spain’s Adesse Versions.

Those behind Jika Jika! said they have taken up the offer of a residency at The Venue because Derry was in need of something fresh and different, adding that they were really impressed with the potential in the building.

The Venue, Northland Road, Derry. DER2115MC006

The Venue, Northland Road, Derry. DER2115MC006

One of Jika Jika!’s founders, Stephen Porter, said: “We were asked would we be interested in it. We thought it would be a good move.” I’m a bit too young myself to have went to The Venue back in the day but whenever I went down to look at it, it’s just a great big space, a great big loft.

“There’s a good few pound behind it to get it up and running.”

He added: “We are working with sound and light engineers Stephen Duddy and Terry Carr.

“When The Venue was going it was the best nightclub in Ireland- nowhere else had the same sound and lighting system, which is surprising to know.

The interior of the revamped Venue 2.0

The interior of the revamped Venue 2.0

“If we can get it half as good as it used to be we will be happy with that.”

Admission is £12 on the door on Saturday at The Venue 2.0, or these can be purchased in advance online at Skiddle.com. Doors open 9.30pm to late.

Jika Jika! are no strangers to putting some of Derry’s premier spaces to use, having christened the underground car park at Ebrington over Easter with a dance music event.

Dubbed, ‘The Bunker’, the same venue will be used by Jika Jika! for a summer gig on Saturday June 20th featuring a three hour set from DJ Danny Tenaglia (Be Yourself - NYC), Krysko (The Warehouse Project) plus support from Stephen Porter and James Crossan. Doors open at 8pm., with last Admission 10pm. Tickets priced £15 / £22.00 / £27.00 plus Booking Fee available online at Skiddle.com and instore at Chocolate Clothing, Foyle St Derry. This event is being staged in association with Destined.

The DJ box at Venue 2.0 (pic from Jika Jika!).

The DJ box at Venue 2.0 (pic from Jika Jika!).

Tonight’s ‘Jack’s House’ event meanwhile opens at 9.30pm, with admission priced at £3 before 11pm and £5 after.