Quadrant Park

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Coordinates: 53°26′10″N 2°59′35″W / 53.436°N 2.993°W / 53.436; -2.993

Quadrant Park
Address Derby Road in Bootle, north of the city of Liverpool, in a converted warehouse
Location Bootle, England
Type Club
Genre(s) acid house, Italo house, rave, Techno, electronic dance music
Capacity 2,400[2]
Opened 1988
Closed December 31, 1991

Quadrant Park[3] was a nightclub in Bootle, UK opened during the late 1980s to the early 1990s.[1] and one of the most important in the UK at the time.[4] and was known to attract a number of international guest DJs. The main styles of music played were Italo house, rave and acid house, retrospectively it could also be defined an early Superclub.


The nightclub was located on Derby Road in Bootle, north of the city of Liverpool, in a converted warehouse. The building was originally an Owen Owen warehouse, which was purchased by steel magnate James Spencer in the late 1980s to convert into a nightclub and snooker hall. A "Heritage Market" was opened shortly after to make use of the large unused lower floor space at the rear. Originally opened in the late 1980s as a snooker hall and mainstream nightclub, there was also a market in the downstairs warehouse area, and the upstairs contained a small social club (the Harlequin Suite) which could be hired out for social occasions. After the Sunday market trade had moved to a nearby dock warehouse (Stanley Market), Quadrant Park started holding all night raves in the then-vacant space[citation needed]. A loop-hole in a Sefton council licensing law enabled Quadrant Park to be the only legal all-night rave in the UK,[5][6] as the venue did not sell alcohol.[7] Quadrant Park's main period of activity began in early January 1990 with a capacity of 2,400, Quadrant Park began focusing on house music in early 1990. The club was dubbed "The Quad" and in October 1990 it opened the Pavilion, the first weekly legal all-nighter in Britain. Pavilion was put on in the basement below the main club.[1] Some party goers would travel long distances to get to the venue; from London, Glasgow, Birmingham and even as far away as Aberdeen.[7] Near the end of 1990, the club obtained a licence to stay open to six o'clock.[7]


Mike Knowler was the initial resident DJ,[8] and soon invited DJ partner Andy Carroll to join him.[9] Carroll and Knowler had previously helped bring acid house music to the city of Liverpool, DJ-ing at the The State[10] nightclub in Dale Street.[9] When the all-nighter opened in November 1990, John Kelly,[11] James Barton[12] and Gary J joined the resident DJ crew.[9] Guest DJs at Quadrant Park included Laurent Garnier,[13] Derrick May, Frankie Bones,[9] Mike Pickering, Fabio, Grooverider, Rob Tissera, Trevor Fung, Graeme Park, Joey Beltram, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, John da Silva, and Sasha.[7] Knowler was given the Thursday night gig in January 1990, and was later also given the residency of the club's Friday and Saturday nights.[7]

Live PA's[edit]

A number of live performances at Quadrant Park included: Anticappella, Baby D, Baby Ford, Bassomatic, Bizarre Inc, Dream Frequency, Jam MC's, K-Klass, Katherine E, LFO, N-Joi, Mr Monday, Nightmares on Wax, and Shades of Rhythm.


The club survived until 31 December 1991, despite considerable and persistent licensing issues and unfavourable media attention in newspapers.[citation needed]. Quadrant Park closed voluntarily that night, following an incident of robbery and a stabbing.[1] The building has since been demolished and has been replaced with a waste recycling centre.[14] The club was featured in an exhibition as part of the European Capital of Culture in July 2008 of which Liverpool was the host city.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture by Simon Reynolds
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture". books.google.ae. Faber & Faber, 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Beat Goes On exhibition". liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. Liverpool Museums. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Childs, Peter; Storry, Michael (May 13, 2013). Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture. Routledge. p. 113. ISBN 1134755554. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture". books.google.lk. Faber & Faber, Jul 4, 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Strachan Rob, Marion Leonard. "The Beat Goes on: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City". books.google.lk. Liverpool University Press, 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues by Dave Haslam
  8. ^ Haslam, Dave. "Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues". books.google.com. Simon and Schuster, Aug 13, 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d Knowler, Mike. "Quadrant Park History". mikeknowler.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  10. ^ Wright, Jade. "Worth getting in a State about - one of Liverpool's premier dance venues revisited". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Liverpool Echo Newspaper, 30 Jan 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Crispy, Don. "Halloween hi-jinks". archive.metropolis.co.jp. Mtetropolis Magazine Japan. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cream: The club that changed the world.". tonightinliverpool.com. Tonight in Liverpool Webzine UK. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Interview Laurent Garnier". music-news.com. Music News. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Whitehurst, Andrew. "BIZARRE INC 'PLAYING WITH KNIVES' The seminal tracks that changed dance music forever". djmag.com. DJ Magazine UK. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Beat Goes On Sixty years of Liverpool music is celebrated in a new exhibition at World Museum Liverpool.". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 

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