Bunker 13 is 'The Place' to be again for Stoke-on-Trent rock music fans
MUSIC is returning to a legendary city centre nightspot after the venue was taken on by a team of rock fans.
A £25,000 refurbishment programme is currently being carried out at what was formerly The Place nightclub in Bryan Street, to transform the building into a specialist rock and metal venue.
Bunker 13 will open its doors this month with the team behind the new club promising to plug a gap in the market for alternative music lovers.
And rock fans have already shown their dedication to the venue by pitching in to help with the refurbishment programme.
The club's three managers – Asha Tank, Wolf Sharman and Pete Clarke – took on the nightspot after running various rock nights.
Asha, aged 31, of Stoke, said: "For the last six years, we have put on Devil's Night at Jumpin' Jaks and we just decided it would be nice to have somewhere of our own.
"We usually get between 300 and 500 people coming along to that night, which shows there is a market for it.
"There hasn't been a dedicated rock club in the area since Chicos closed down."
Pete, aged 29, of Stoke, who is known as 'Beard', said: "I started DJ-ing about nine years ago and then worked with Wolf and Asha on what they were doing.
"We have always had a loyal and dedicated crowd and this will be a place for them to come to."
The new 500 capacity venue – which will employ six members of staff – will open from 10pm until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. It will also open 9pm until 2am on a Monday night. Thursday will be a members night.
The team – who will run the club as a freehold – say they have been keen to create an 'apocalyptic' theme in the club with black walls and graffiti.
Wolf, aged 40, of Stoke, who has previously run Brunswick Street bar The Stage Door, said: "We want to provide a hub for the rock scene. People want an intimate venue and those in the rock scene want something that they can count as theirs."
The Place closed permanently in late 2005 after several re-launches failed.
Since the closure, the former Rosie O'Brien's Pumphouse has been turned into gay nightspot The Factory.
A further part of The Place has been turned into the swingers' club Adventures. The new rock club will sit in between the two venues, with plans to expand in the New Year.
Asha, who runs alternative modelling agency Dark Hearts, said: "There is a lot of space and we can open another room to perhaps host live music."
Bunker 13 will open on Saturday, November 17. The team will also continue to run Devil's Night once a month at Jumpin' Jaks.