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Luminar evolves nightclubs to offer live music gigs

By Becky Paskin , 21-Jul-2011
Last updated on 21-Jul-2011 at 10:50 GMT2011-07-21T10:50:14Z

Nightclub operator Luminar has invested £100k into refurbishing two of its venues to enable them to offer live music in addition to regular club nights.

Although Luminar offers some live music evenings in accordance with regular club nights, Tru in Brighton and Oceana in Plymouth are the first two venues in the Luminar portfolio to undergo structural changes to enhance the sound system, acoustics and environment to a level suitable for live gigs.

If successful, Luminar expects to roll out the changes to other venues in the group that are in suitable locations.

Tim Howard, head of entertainment for Luminar, said: “Luminar clubs regularly host performances by many of the country’s leading artists and enhancing this operation is a natural progression.

“Brighton and Plymouth both have a vibrant live music scene, huge catchment areas, yet under represented with suitable venues.

“The venues will fill this gap and provide a fantastic experience to musicians, music fans and promoters alike, a number of the big national promoters have already shown an interest in the venues.”

Booking talent

Luminar has recruited James Bruce, formerly of the Mama Group to assist in booking acts to perform at the venues, and hopes to host its first live music event in October.

Luminar currently operates 75 nightclubs in the UK under a variety of brands including Oceana, Liquid, Lava & Ignite.

The group also recently announced the launch of its Woo Woo bar concept , situated within its existing nightclubs but operational earlier in the evening to attract the after work market.

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