Nightclub downsizes to survive

Indiependence is moving into the old Stilettos building
Indiependence is moving into the old Stilettos building

WIGAN’S biggest nightclub will downsize in a bid to stay open during the poor economic climate.

Indiependence on King Street West will open for the last time tonight, New Year’s Eve, at its current premises.

It will re-open further down the road at the former Waiting Room and Stilletos joint on January 5, 2012.

Although the new Indiependence will be a much smaller affair, the place has been completely refurbished and redesigned to accommodate live bands.

Both venues are owned by local businessman Tony Callaghan.

He said: “Indiependence at its current premises has done phenomenally well. The older clientele weren’t going out anymore so we needed to do something to revamp 15s.

“It’s a great venue but with the way it was structured and because there are three floors, you could be in there and not know that your girlfriend is on the top floor.

“Lately, people have been rattling around in there too because it’s so big.

“This new venue is smaller and will be a much better place for people to come and enjoy live music.

“I have owned this venue for many years, it was formerly Shapiros, then the Waiting Room and also lap-dancing bar Stilettos.

“I was wondering what I could do with it after I closed Stilettos last year, and came up with this plan.”

The new venue will hold up to 600 people and has a stage on both the ground and first floor.

The first floor also has a sprung dance floor and purpose-built dressing rooms for visiting music acts.

Mr Callaghan said: “This will be a new year, a new venue and a new Indiependence and I think it will go down really well there.

“The acoustics in there are phenomenal.

“The old Indipendence was great for gigs, but it wasn’t made for that, this new club is.”

Mr Callaghan, who owns a chain of bars across the country, has not yet decided if he will sell the former venue.