A NEW bar bringing music, funky sounds, and a soul vibe has opened in Carlisle.

Aretha’s is welcoming guests to its spot on Warwick Road after a busy opening weekend on Saturday, February 10.

Headed by owner Carl Tait, who is also a DJ and musician who has performed at the venue which was formerly occupied by bar Lux, said: “It’s a completely different place from the old Lux bar; bright lights, funky sounds, and a completely new vibe.”

News and Star: Carl TaitCarl Tait (Image: Aretha's)

The venue is named after singer, pianist, and artist Aretha Franklin, as Carl explained: “I couldn’t think of a better fitting name for the new venture.

"As a musician myself I have spent a lot of time listening to soul and disco music and there’s no one who has ever stood out as much from the early 1970s era than Aretha Franklin.

News and Star: Aretha Franklin at a news conference in 1973Aretha Franklin at a news conference in 1973 (Image: AP Photo/File)


“The concept has evolved on the music she performed and the message she delivers - freedom and respect.”

On the essence of Aretha’s, Carl said: “The vibe we’ve created is for everyone to soak up and enjoy.

“Over the next few months, we’ll be welcoming some fantastic instrumentalists, vocalists, and DJs to Aretha’s to push their creativity covering all bases in funk, soul, disco, gospel music, and occasional house music performances.

News and Star: Emily, Hannah and Georgia, bar staffEmily, Hannah and Georgia, bar staff (Image: Aretha's)

“Equality will always be at the forefront in Aretha’s; we are hoping to make a difference in the city.

“We’ll be opening our doors and welcoming everyone from all backgrounds and creating a safe space to unwind, relax, and listen to some amazing music.”