53 Degrees to close after Christmas

Photo: KEVIN McGUINNESS.'53 Degrees
Photo: KEVIN McGUINNESS.'53 Degrees
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One of Preston’s biggest live music venues is closing its doors to the public.

53 Degrees, in Fylde Road, will cease to function as a ‘high street’ live music and student entertainment venue after December 31 this year.

The venue which is run by UCLan’s Students’ Union has seen big names take to the stage since it opened in 2005 but the union says “trends in students usage of 53 Degrees have declined considerably.”

Discussions are now underway with the University to decide what to do next with the venue.

Ben Latham, Union President said: “53 degrees has been a great asset to UCLan Students’ Union and many students, including myself, will have great memories of the events at the venue.

“However, times are changing and students’ unions across the country are being faced with the reality that the costs of both running and supporting the investment needed in a venue such as 53 are unsustainable.

“Like many students’ unions, civic and high street venues; 53 degrees faces the challenge of changing leisure habits and student demographics, developments in the music industry and the recent recession.

“I am confident however that the changes to the way 53 degrees operates and the priority we need to give to student education, welfare and development will be understood by all who use the venue.

“We will continue to deliver great events for students and of course our popular Source Bar will remain at the heart of our entertainment activities.”

Union bosses say the decision is not related to the licence review triggered by Lancashire Constabulary completed in 2013.