Angels (nightclub)

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Angels
Angelsburnleysign.jpg
The Angels Nightclub sign
Angels is located in Burnley town centre
Angels
Angels
Former location in Burnley town centre
AddressCurzon Street
Burnley, Lancashire
England
Coordinates53°47′26″N 2°14′41″W / 53.7905°N 2.2446°W / 53.7905; -2.2446
OwnerPaul Taylor / Steve Farkas (at closure)
Construction
Opened1974 (1974)
Closed1996
Demolished1999

Angels was a nightclub and music venue in Burnley, England. It became most famous during the early 1990s with the rise of the house music scene, drawing visitors from across the United Kingdom. It occupied part of a multi-storey car park on Curzon St, currently the site of another car park and Wilko store.

Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sasha, Judge Jules, all regularly DJ'd, and there were also memorable appearances from Boy George and Nigel Benn. Anne Savage had her first UK residency at Angels, under her contemporary pseudonym 'DJ Fresh'.

DJ Paul Taylor also held a residency at the club, throughout the 1990s, and originated his "Retro" club night there.[1][2]

History[edit]

June 1974 saw the official opening of Angels by TV's Pan's People and the Mayor of Burnley.[3] In 1992 the first episode of the long-running late-night dance music show BPM featured footage from Angels with Dave Seaman DJing. Footage of the event can be found on YouTube. When Pete Waterman visited Angels in 1994, to scout for his TV show The Hit Man and Her, he received so much hassle from the clubgoers that he changed his mind.

Even at the height of its fame, Angels' days were numbered. Despite being just over 20 years old, the concrete framed multi-story car-park structure, of which the nightclub building was a part, had developed serious structural defects. The landowners Great Portland Estates and Burnley Council, decided that demolition and redevelopment of the area was the most economically viable solution. The last night at Angels was 27 April 1996.[4] The original Angels nightclub building reopened briefly under the name 'Heaven' due to delays in demolishing the structure.

Faced with eviction, the club’s owners decided to launch a new venue elsewhere in the town centre. Extensive work was undertaken to convert the former Aenon Baptist Chapel building into a multi-storey nightclub, which was intended to rival Liverpool’s Nation (the home of Cream). The club opened its doors in May 1996 as 'XPO'.[5] This new venue proved to be unsuccessful, however, and receivers were appointed in February 1997.[6]

Incidental[edit]

Padiham-born fashion designer Gerardine Hemingway MBE first met husband and business partner Wayne Hemingway in Angels in 1981.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This is Lancashire - Paul Taylor interview Accessed May 2010
  2. ^ Paul Taylor Interview (Retro) on YouTube
  3. ^ This is Lancashire - Burnley in 1974 Accessed May 2010
  4. ^ This is Lancashire - Angels closuer Accessed May 2010
  5. ^ This is Lancashire - XPO opening Accessed May 2010
  6. ^ This is Lancashire - XPO receivership Accessed May 2010
  7. ^ "Hemingway Design - Meet the team". Hemingway Design. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.