New music venue The Institution to open in former Crackers building
IN 2009, after 23 years of hosting everything from heavy metal gigs to stripper nights, Crackers closed its doors.
But now new life is being breathed into the once popular club in the shape of The Institution.
Rob Smith, new owner of the Bruton Way venue, is in the final stages of agreeing the lease. It is expected to be finalised this week with a planned opening on November 1.
He said: "I'm so excited about this, I can't wait to get started.
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"We want to offer live music and club nights with a variety of music styles and genres from metal to northern soul.
"I love all kinds of music and I want this to be Gloucester's version of Rock City in Nottingham.
"Gloucester needs somewhere like this. We really want to provide a platform for local bands too."
The building has been empty since Crackers closed. Renovation work is now under way to transform the venue, and slightly increase the current capacity of 240.
"We want to offer the alternative to Eastgate Street," said Rob, who is from Gloucester.
"People who go to gigs in Gloucester and Cheltenham aren't the crowd who will go to Eastgate Street, so we offer them somewhere to go."
Evening economy champion and city councillor, Tarren Randle (C, Barnwood), said: "I think it's really positive and it's a great time to be opening too. The nightlife in Gloucester is something to be celebrated. I know the students at Hartpury College can't wait to get over here."
James Camp, who plays keyboards in Gloucestershire band Novella Noise, said: "Gloucester is in dire need of more live music venues, so this is great news."
The opening night on November 1 will feature DJs Nutzie, Haggis, and Trashed.