Preston music venue to put on shows to public

GIGS: The UCLan 53 Degrees venue could host public shows again
GIGS: The UCLan 53 Degrees venue could host public shows again
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A popular music venue, due to close to the public at the end of the year has been given a new lease of life.

The University of Central Lancashire Student Union-run 53 Degrees ran into trouble earlier this year and was earmarked to close as a public entertainment venue at the end of the month.

The Fylde Road facility has seen top singers, bands and comedians take to the stage since it opened, but the SU said “trends in student usage of 53 Degrees have declined considerably,” and it has rarely turned a profit.

UCLan took over control with a view to using the setting for events and academic programmes that “support students’ learning and leisure time.”

The building houses two main entertainment areas, – one large space on the ground floor and a smaller area upstairs.

Now though a deal has been struck which will see the upstairs club room to be used for public shows.

HD Concerts run by former 53 Degrees as events manager Joff Hall is understood to be promoting a “very small number of shows” of shows through the year.

A spokesman for the university said: “The future focus of 53 Degrees is for it to be a student-led venue which not only fulfils the charitable purpose of the University and Students’ Union but also enhances the student experience.

This, of course, may involve live music.”

“In terms of renting the venue to independent promoters for the purpose of public live shows then we will look at each request on a case-by-case basis.

This is the approach we have taken with HD Concerts.”