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Former Spode factory to host dance music night

23 November 2017 Local News

The iconic China Halls at the famous Spode factory will host one of the biggest nights in the history of Stoke-on-Trent club culture – with up to 2,500 people set to attend.

On Saturday, December 2, six underground dance music DJs will take over the huge factory floor of the former works and transform it into a music venue for one night.

Organisers The Move have worked closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which owns the historic site, to arrange the event. It will be the first time the factory, which dates back to 1776, has been used for an event like this.

Potteries-born DJ and promoter Lee Fredericks, who is one of the spokesmen for the event, said: “We’ve been talking about putting an event on like this in the city for several years. With Stoke-on-Trent in the running to win UK City of Culture 2021, and Spode being such an iconic and important venue, the timing for it is perfect. Spode is an incredible, atmospheric space to put on something like this and we’re thankful to the council for its support because without it, there wouldn’t be an event.

“We’ve had an incredible response from the public and ticket sales have been going incredibly well. The line-up on the night is as diverse as it is impressive in dance music circles and there’s been a lot of interest from all over the country. Stoke-on-Trent has such a rich history of dance music and it would be great to have more events like this in the city.”

The venue will be accessed from the new entrance on Kingsway and the event will run from 8pm to 6am, and will feature a licenced bar. The event follows the successful launch of 43 artists’ studios at Spode Works last year, the hosting of the British Ceramics Biennial, the new Deb McAndrews play “Dirty Laundry”, and the recent opening of a café on the site.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “The resurrection of the Spode site over the last couple of years has been fantastic to see, with it now being viewed as a thriving centre for arts and culture in the city.  Spode has so much potential to be a catalyst for regeneration – not just in Stoke town but across the whole city.

“The council has worked closely with the organisers of the event to help put on something which has never been seen before in Stoke-on-Trent and I think we’re as excited as they are to see this iconic space being used in this way.”

Tickets can be bought via themoveuk.com.

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