THE nightlife scene in Huddersfield has much to offer. Whether you like a night of cheesy music, cutting edge dance or rock, there’s a venue for you.
But there’s a definite gap in the market for a classy venue that takes its lead from an age of glamour and glitz.
That gap won’t be here for long, however, as a new club is set to bring the retro buzz of a Berlin cabaret to Huddersfield.
The Peacock Lounge is set to open in early June in the former Wheelspin cycle shop on Viaduct Street.
The building is currently undergoing its transformation from shop to luxurious nightspot.
With dark, rich decor, mood lighting, chandeliers and a cabaret-style stage, the venue will have the exclusive feel of a private members’ club – without the hefty price tag.
Seating 80 people – with a top capacity of 100 – it will stage a wide range of entertainment.
There will be comedy, drag acts, burlesque performances, film screenings, cabaret and live music, covering everything from blues and jive to rock and roll, swing and indie.
The team behind the venue are co-owners Caroline Blackburn and Russell Kirby.
Together they have run Sleepers bar, just a few doors down the road, for the past four years.
They see opening the club as a natural progression.
Caroline said: “Sleepers is not closing. We want the two to run alongside each other. This will be much more of a club with the feeling of a members’ club. There’s something for everyone but people can expect a classy night out.”
Class is certainly the emphasis with The Peacock Lounge, with everything from the polished granite bar to twinkling chandeliers.
Although it doesn’t cost the earth to visit, don’t go expecting a bargain night out.
There will be a charge on the door – with the price depending on what the night’s entertainment is. Behind the bar there will be no bargain booze deals – just quality premium beers, spirits and champagne.
Russell said: “Peacocks are all about showing off and displaying glamour, which is what we want here. It is a full night out in one venue. You would come to spend the evening here. You are not just paying to get into a bar you are coming here to see something, for an experience.”
Caroline and Russell started planning The Peacock Lounge when the Wheelspin shop closed in October.
It has been a long-held dream for both.
Caroline said: “With Sleepers, we wanted somewhere we would like to go ourselves it’s the same here. There’s nothing quite like this place in Huddersfield. We thought rather than have people travel to bigger cities, it would be nice to have something on their doorstep.”
Confirmed entertainment on the agenda for The Peacock Lounge includes performances from local group The Swing Of Things, percussionist Chip Bailey, guitarist Bob Bowles, indie bands Crash My Model Car, Tiny Dancers and Little Tremors, Leeds group Vib Gyor, solo artist Alex Valentine, Rod Thomas and Al Lewis and Bristol band Jump Ship.
Fans of Sleepers can also expect extra entertainment with a new indie night running each Wednesday at the venue.
You’ve only got a few weeks to wait – so start searching your wardrobes for your most stylish Dita Von Teese outfit!