The Lakeside Leisure Complex is one of Britain’s premier entertainment centres - most famously home of world darts. And next month it throws a northern soul bulls-eye, playing host to the 2016 summer Nightshift event.
“If it’s a hit, Lakeside could become the new home of northern soul in the South,” said Bob Potter OBE, Lakeside boss and renowned impresario.
Bob spoke of his enthusiasm for offering something new at the complex that’s established its reputation more through international cabaret, banqueting and big sports events.
Following meetings with promoters Derek Mead and Pete Kelross, The Nightshift soul night is lined up for June 4 in The Canal Suite at the site in Frimley Green, near Camberley, Surrey. There’s easy access from Junction 4 of the M3 and it’s just a 10 minute taxi ride from Frimley and Ash Vale train stations.
Nightshift celebrated its18th anniversary in nearby Bisley Pavilion in March. Days later Derek and Pete were told the venue would no longer be available due to changes in management policy.
“The Nightshift is one of the biggest regular soul nights in the south and one of the longest running soul clubs in the country,” said Derek.
“Loss of the Pavilion was a huge blow after so many great years at the venue, but we hope that Lakeside will be the start of a new era. We are delighted to confirm that Kev Roberts, one of the top names on the scene, will be heading the DJ line-up for our first night.
“The Canal Suite offers ideal facilities for us with its large wooden dance floor and bar area.”
The night will run from 8pm to 2am and feature the usual record and other merchandise stalls.
The venue has ample free parking and accommodation available at three hotels on site. Watch out for details about special rates in the coming weeks.
The Canal Suite at Lakeside Leisure Complex - new home to The Nightshift Club
Keeping the faith for 18 years
The Nightshift Club first opened its doors in January 1998 and was a classic oldies night based in Mytchett, Surrey, near Farnborough. In April 1999 the venue was changed to The Harlington Centre, about five miles up the road in Fleet. The music policy and DJ line up also changed when we started to bring down some of the top oldies DJs from the North.We had six events there but after a change in council policy, we moved on again. In September 2001 we were given one night at Bisley Pavilion to prove our worth....and The Bisley Nightshift Club was born.
The music policy has always been to keep the dance floor filled, keeping the people who pay happy. We want to help keep the spirit of Wigan Casino alive. And with fans travelling from across the country to join us over the years, we think we must be doing something right.