Why a tiny club made a big impact

Dylan Harris
Dylan Harris

IN 2003, Dylan Harris and Sean Doherty vowed to revive Wigan’s music scene with a regular Wednesday gig night at The Lux on Millgate.

The tiny venue was only open for 18 months but in that time left a massive imprint on Wigan’s clubbers and live music lovers.

The Lux

The Lux

Dylan said: “The Lux meant a great deal for me and still does. I have so many brilliant memories from that time and got to know a lot of great people.

“It was timed perfectly really with the new indie scene which was coming through with the likes of the Strokes, the White Stripes and the Libertines.

“Right from the first day you could see bands, friendships and relationships form in there and it was great to see all these things growing.

“By the time the venue closed, a great scene of bands had been created within the Lux and everyone had become really good friends.

“To the people who went there each week it meant a hell of a lot and whenever I’m out and see those who used to attend they will always stop me and talk about it, how much they miss it and that it was the best time of their lives.

“It might sound like rhetoric, but it’s the truth.”

Actually decorated as a classy wine bar, the Lux attracted those in search of something a little different to King Street.

Being underground, the club which was owned by Mike Dutton never saw a dull moment! With small seating booths and a corner stage, it was perfect for intimate gigs.

Dylan added: “There is currently nothing that comes anywhere near the atmosphere of the Lux. Before it, there was the Pier, The Den, The Casino and more.

We had a period at Nirvana during it’s peak where the club was packed and had an amazing atmosphere but with the way the music scene has died over the past few years, nothing else has come near it.

“It’s usually when there are lulls like this in the musical climate that things start to slowly pick up again.

“The Press Room reminds me a lot of the Lux, it’s around the same size, it’s got similar decor and is underground, nicely situated away from King Street.

“It was strange when the Lux closed because we’d known for almost a year that it was going to after the Grand Arcade got the go ahead.

“It’s a cliché but as with most things, it’s only when they’re gone that you realise how much they meant to you and how much you miss it. And we soon began to wish we were back in there, it was heartbreaking to see it finally knocked down.

“In hindsight though, I’m almost glad it finished when it did.

“You look at most other venues and they go through good and bad patches.

“They eventually lose their appeal and people stop going, they close down or they lose their reputation.

“The Lux only had good times, and that 18 month period of complete highs is set in stone forever.

“It was great and we all left there at its peak.

“People will always have great memories of it, and it’ll be remembered by those who attended with great fondness forever.”