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Friday, 18 April 2014

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New nightclub to open in Carlisle's former Mood building

A new nightclub is set to open in the building that played a major part in transforming Carlisle’s Botchergate.

Mood2 photo
Wonderland will appear within the old Mood2 building

Signs have gone up in the window of the now derelict former Mood nightspot to say that a new club – Wonderland – will open in December.

A Facebook group has also been created called Mood to reopen as Wonderland.

A message on the club’s new Facebook site says: “We are opening a new club in the building Mood once occupied.

“We will be having a VIP opening night Friday, November 30 and then we will officially open to the general public on Saturday, December 1. We will close again in January for a full refit.”

Pictures on the club’s Facebook page show it is in a bad state of repair and in need of investment.

A statement says: “It is so bad we can only open up a part of the club over Christmas and then tackle the rest in the new year along with a revamp.

“It will be similar to the old Mood in the way that different rooms will have a different choice of music. It will also be reflected in the rooms’ decor – there will be something for everyone.”

A licensing application has not yet been submitted to Carlisle City Council but a spokesman said they were aware that the club was planning to reopen.

Mood, which had capacity for 900 people, was among the venues which kick-started the regeneration of Botchergate after it opened in 2000. It was later rebranded as Mood2 after a £1m makeover. Shortly afterwards the business that ran it, Herald Inns and Bars, went into administration.

The club had enjoyed a colourful history.

In 2001 it was named British entertainment venue of the year, and became the first nightclub in the city to go smoke-free in June 2007.

Mood2 closed in 2008 and it has been standing empty ever since.

Have your say

I think its a great idea to open another nightclub. Not many people from uni tend to go to The Church and Its becoming a boring routine to go to Hell Below, Concrete and then Outrageous although they are all good venues. The change will be refreshing!
its a shame that it has to close for a while shortly after opening BUT needs must.

Posted by j on 26 June 2013 at 16:43

I wanted to register my objection to The Church Nightclub but couldn't find anywhere on your website so am placing it here. What bad taste for a town like Carlisle, I hope they are made to alter their facade.

Posted by Glenys Donald on 3 May 2013 at 20:45

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