Chambers nightclub: back for one night only!

Chambers in the early 90s
Chambers in the early 90s
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Backcomb your perm, don your double denim and pop open a can of Red Stripe – Chambers is back, for one night only.

The High Street West nightclub, which defined clubbing for a whole generation of Wearsiders, will be brought back for a charity reunion.

It’s a chance for people to relive the trance and dance tracks which became the soundtrack to their youth in the 90s.

The night, which will take place at Illusions in Holmeside next month, is the brainchild of former Chambers-goer Dave Pringle and DJ John Shaw.

“We had a reunion last year, which was really popular,” explained Dave. “It had come out of a drunken conversation with John, but we thought we’d try it and the response was great. People were putting on buses, which shows the popularity.

“We had looked at holding it in the original building but it’s condemned, so Mike Downey from Illusions suggested we hold it there.”

Christmas 1992

Christmas 1992

He added: “Chambers closed in 2002 but it holds so many fond memories for people and even though it’s closed, people still talk about it. It was around at the height of a certain genre of music.

“Back then you could go along and hear exclusive remixes of dance and trance tracks you just couldn’t hear elsewhere. It’s all different now with YouTube and digital streaming.”

Housed in the Grade II-listed Hutchinson’s building, Chambers opened in the late 80s and went on to become the first club in Sunderland to broadcast live on a radio station, when it shared its music with Kiss FM.

It also gave top DJs Judge Jules, Danny Rampling, Alex P, Brandon Block, Graeme Park and Farley Jackmaster Funk their Sunderland debut.

Chambers and Gossip Nightclub refurbishment and name change 20 December 1990

Chambers and Gossip Nightclub refurbishment and name change 20 December 1990

The reunion will take place on Friday, December 11, and will feature sets from some of Chambers’ resident DJs including Steve Smith, Liam Carty, John Shaw and Andrew Spinks The Boy Spinks. There will also be a live set from K Klass, one of the biggest house acts of the 90s, whose tracks include Rhythm is a Mystery and Let Me Show You.

“We’ve got a Facebook page for the reunion and the response has been great so far,” said Dave.

Chambers reunion takes place at Illusions on December 11 from 8pm to 1am. Entry will be £2 before 9pm and £5 afterwards with proceeds going to Hope4Kidz.

Chambers Nightclub 22 December 1992

Chambers Nightclub 22 December 1992

Gossips promotion staff from top, Scott Everest, Claire Foreman, Keith Ivison, disc jockety, and Sharon Howard in gorilla costume.  December 21 1990

Gossips promotion staff from top, Scott Everest, Claire Foreman, Keith Ivison, disc jockety, and Sharon Howard in gorilla costume. December 21 1990