ONE of Wigan’s most popular nightclubs has fallen victim to the recession.
Club Nirvana will open for the last time on Saturday after door numbers fell to fewer than half of those five years ago.
The former theatre is the second large Wigan club to close in just two weeks – Elements and Legends was forced to close as parent company Luminar went into administration.
At the height of its popularity, Club Nirvana drew in more than 760 punters and played host to some of the most popular bands of the day, including Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, Delphic and Pete Doherty.
The Clarence Yard venue was also a major player over the Christmas periods, drafting in popular acts such as The Stone Roses Experience and hosting sell-out New Year’s Eve bashes.
Manager Andy Prescott ran Club Nirvana with his wife Paula, for the last eight years. He said: “We’re gutted that we have to close but I have known in my heart for the last six months that this would have to happen, I can’t keep thinking that the next year might be worse than the last.
“There just isn’t enough trade any more in the town centre. People don’t have the money to go out and while our under 18s night on a Thursday was so popular, even that was getting low on numbers, because we ID everyone on that night but a lot of other places don’t.
“It’s my staff that I feel sad for, lots of them have been with us since we started and it will be hard to end the night with a dry eye.”
Dylan Harris and Sean Doherty hosted the popular Northern Lights night. Dylan said: “I’m really sad to see it close, I’ve got some great memories of both gigs and club nights in there over the past few years.
“Andy and Paula who ran the club deserve a lot of credit, especially for their under 18s night. They created a place for a whole generation of kids to go to and it’ll stick with all of those who went to it for the rest of their lives.”
It is not known as to whether Nirvana will reopen as another venue.
Andy added: “We want to thank everybody who has been to the club during the last eight years. People thought we named the Club Nirvana after the band, but Nirvana means a meeting place for like-minded souls and that’s what it was.
“It was the people of Wigan who made the club and we are grateful to them.”