New club night for the Chambers' generation hailed a "huge success" as organiser plans "bigger and better" events

A DJ and music lover brought the club scene back to the city for hundreds of over 35s with a new event and he has spoke of its huge success.

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 3:00 pm
The Manor owner Michael Griffiths and DJ Michael Lane are hosting a new over 35's dance night on Saturday, November 30. Tickets are available from Forever54. If that's not for you, head out to the range of clubs across the North East.

On Saturday, November 30, two original Chambers DJs and two new DJs appeared at The Manor Bar on Foyle Street in Sunderland as locals enjoyed a house and disco night out.

Michael Lane, 42, formed the idea. He spent his weekends from the 90s until around 2002 working in Sunderland bars and clubs, including Chambers, and wanted to those club nights to return that were enjoyed by many.

He claimed Forever54’s first event went as well as expected.

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He said: “We had great feedback from the crowd on the night.

“We’re happy with the result. The bar holds around 200 people and it reached capacity by far. I don’t think the bar has ever been that busy before. It was a huge success.”

On the night, two Chambers DJs, Liam Carty and Michael himself, took to the decks with two new DJs, Luke Martin and Marty Chape.

Leah. O was set to be on vocals but unfortunately the sound system wasn't strong enough so she couldn’t perform.

As the first event took place, the norovirus meant that a few people couldn’t attend, so Friday, December 27 could be the chance to enjoy something similar.

Michael said: “This time we have a better sound system put in so she can perform. This is all trial and error until we get used to the venues.”

Friday, December 27 will be the final event of 2019 taking place at the same venue with free entry. DJs are to be announced but Cafe Mambo Resident Ryan McDermott is on the list and Liam Connor will be returning with Michael for their sets.

Michael added: “A lot of older people avoid going out on Boxing Day because it’s so busy. This is a better option for those who enjoyed it the first time around. We hope for the same or better for the next one. I’m sure people will be interested in this one.

“When we move onto next year we’re going to get more budget and make the night bigger and better.”