Inside The New Tower Night Club Hull
By Michelle Dee Pictures By Michael Xcess Events Ltd
Laser lighting on stone-effect walls, leafy green palms, day-glo carpets, cascading waterfalls; a definite sense of fun and theatre. It's almost like walking onto the set of an Indy movie or entering the Aztec Zone from popular BBC game-show The Crystal Maze.
This is the spectacle that greeted me on entering the soon to be re-opened New Tower Night Club in Hull.
Now for some of you this fantasy décor will not be quite the surprise it was for me, seeing as the Anlaby Road club opened briefly last year but subsequently closed its doors, again after a less than successful launch.
Six months on and under new ownership and management the New Tower Nightclub is to open its doors once more heralding a new chapter for this historical building.
I have been invited this evening by the newly formed Entertainments Team Xcess Events Ltd,
to have a look around but particularly to check out the new sound system installed by LJBSound.
For those of a technological bent I am informed the sound system is a 10K OHM Concert Rig with seven top end speakers and five bass bins. It sounded huge in that space; a rounded powerful sound with depth and clarity.
New manager Mike showed the system off to good effect by playing different genres including
Alt rockers Smashing Pumpkins, reggae from Marley, and Adagio for Strings By William Orbit.
The latter sounded immense I can only imagine how the DJs are going to sound cutting and
mixing tracks in the reinvigorated club. The club boasts a fully functional lighting rig with lasers and two smoke machines for added enjoyment.
So to the layout to those of you not familiar with the venue, you enter the New Tower Night Club by way of a double staircase into the main room. You are immediately taken by the double walls of water falling at the rear of the sizeable stage facing the dance floor. The fully stocked bar is on your left running the length of the wall and on the opening night Saturday March 7th will be carrying the following drinks promotions:
Any 3 Bottles - £5.00 Pints - £2.50 Vodka and Red Bull - £2.50
At the left of the stage there is a stairway leading up to a smoking area on a covered balcony. To the rear of the first room is the second room with bar and smaller stage area at the far end, this room could be very easily used as a chill out room or for more intimate acoustic sessions. Upstairs once more leads you onto a third room complete with yet another bar; this one in an eye-catching ice cube effect and an all important VIP area for visiting bands and artists to relax in comparative seclusion.
Dramatic pastels of pinks and blue radiate from the surfaces while comfortable leather sofas and soft furnishings are scattered amidst the electric blue ambience. This third room affords a good a view of the stage and dance floor below.
The club is hoping to become the best place for live music in the city.
Take it from me kids you are so going to want to play on this stage.
It holds a few secrets and surprises that I've purposely not mentioned, and with those speakers on the walls, bouncing the sound right back at you, it's going to be one hell of a playing experience.
As for the prospective DJ and club nights planned your favourite tunes are going to sound pretty
damn fine at the New Tower Club. Come down Saturday March 7th and check it all out;
the décor, the drinks offers, the DJs, the lasers, the lights, the sights and the sounds of
Kings Of Leon played by the finest KOL tribute band Kings Of Lyon. Tickets available at www.thenewtower.co.uk
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