Brighton Arch set to finally reopen after major renovation Brighton News

A DJ hailed the reopening of a popular nightclub after a major renovation following the “darkest period” in its history.

Kings Road Arch on Brighton seafront will open with two more rooms and a new bespoke sound system on June 26.

Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim, described the historic place as “part of Brighton’s musical heritage” and said he hopes to perform there this summer.

He said: “Brighton’s music community is close to my heart.

“The Arch is also part of that and they have been placing Brighton’s nightlife at the center of the British underground movement for several years now.

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“It’s been a struggle for them during the pandemic and it’s great to see them renovate the space.

“The club is part of Brighton’s musical heritage – I remember the heady days when it was the Zap Club – and the team at The Arch are preserving that for future generations.

“I really hope to play it again this summer.”

The club had prepared to celebrate five years as Ark in March last year, when the pandemic struck and it was forced to shut down.

The venue saw its candidacy for a Culture Stimulus Fund grant rejected during the crisis, but despite the setbacks, staff are determined to come back in force.

Damien Fell, Head of Music, said: ‘Rather than resting on our laurels, we have decided to breathe new life into this historic Brighton venue and have embarked on a major renovation, although we did not. have not received funding from the Arts Council.

“Last year was extremely difficult.

Argus: The Arch nightclub was renovated during lockdown, with improved sound and lightingArch nightclub was renovated during lockdown, with improved sound and lighting

“To keep the business going, we built a take-out bar from the site’s emergency exit and dug out to get the job done.

“L’Arche is at its best and I can only be seated here impressed with the work that has been done by the team as we prepare to reopen.”

As part of the renovation, the Victorian arches of Kings Road have been refreshed with stripped-down concrete floors, exposed steel mezzanines, and industrial decor throughout the club.

Sound and light production has been improved, including new LED screens, a 4D laser show, immersive lighting and two new rooms – the Box and the Hangar – while a sound system with twelve woofers has been added. been refurbished and recalibrated for excellent sound. quality in the main room.

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The club opened in 1984 with the goal of being “for performers, led by performers who understand performers and their needs”.

Previously The Zap Club, Digital and Coliseum, the building has hosted artists like the Chemical Brothers, Sonic Youth, Moby, Paul Weller and DJs Harvey, Sven Vath and Laurent Garnier.

L’Arche is gearing up for an eventful season this summer, with Jamie Jones set to headline its grand opening on June 26.

The club is also kicking off its Life in the Park festival at Brighton Rugby Club with a month of eight specials, including sets from Orbital and David Rodigan.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 16:30:00

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