From Dusk to the dawn of Club Sandy as new nightspot opens

NEW IDENTITY ... Club Sandy general manager Ross Campbell-Carmen.
NEW IDENTITY ... Club Sandy general manager Ross Campbell-Carmen.

A CLUB boss says he’s hoping to revive the South Tyneside party scene.

Ross Campbell-Carmen, general manager of the new Club Sandy, was yesterday putting the finishing touches to the venue.

Ross Campbell-Carmen

Ross Campbell-Carmen

The new-look club, off Mile End Road,in South Shields, was formerly known as Dusk and re-opens its doors tonight.

Ross, 25, who previously managed Dusk, said: “We’re going to have live music and DJs downstairs and big up-and-coming DJs upstairs so the plan is for there to be something for everyone.

“We’re hoping to offer something a little different on the club scene too with the live music and we’re going to bring back Project on a Thursday night which used to run at Dusk, which is sort of like an American house party.

“We’ll be doing R‘n’B and house music nights too and hopefully something for everyone to enjoy.”

The club has been taken over by Peter Frail, who owns the Sand Dancer in Sea Road, and also recently acquired the Dolly Peel in Commercial Road.

It is set to open every Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday from 11pm to 3am, and 4am on a Saturday, but tonight it will open at 8pm for a special celebration party.

There will be admission costs for the club, but Ross promises that it will never be anything more than £5.

Club Sandy has been completely made over from the way it used to look, and yesterday workers were busy getting the venue ready for tonight’s grand opening.

Ross said: “Peter wanted to move away from Dusk and the identity that it had.

“In the past year, people haven’t been going out in Shields and there shouldn’t be any need for that.

“We want to work with other bars to create a scene in South Shields that means people won’t need to go to Newcastle or to Sunderland, and in turn save them money on the taxi fares.

“Shields does have a good night life but it’s just suffered a bit lately and the fact that Roxanne’s had to close down shows how bad it really got – we want to turn that around.”

The opening of Club Sandy has created about 30 jobs between bar staff, management and door staff.

Ross added: “I’ve been talking to the lads from Trocadero’s and Wicked to see what we can do to change things.

“Every club offers something different. Glitterball caters for the older ones and there’s Club Del Mar too, and we want to offer something different.

“The downstairs will be more for the older crowd of people about 25 and over, and upstairs will be for the younger ones and the people who used to come to Dusk.

“Newcastle has something for everyone and there’s no reason that we can’t have that here in South Shields as well.”

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