A MUCH-LOVED nightclub which was at the forefront of the town’s music scene for decades looks set to be given a new lease of life.
Formerly known as The Crypt, the club in Havelock Road has been redeveloped by ASLIT Ltd, a father and son team planning to bring a state of the art venue to Hastings that will attract acts from across the globe.
The name of the venue is being kept under wraps for now, but providing the licence application is approved by the council, it could be open within months.
This follows the successful licensing of the Electric Stag by ASLIT Ltd earlier this year.
Proprietor and sound engineer, Simon Little, said: “We are working closely with the police, environmental officers, local authorities and residents to ensure that our policies around noise, anti-social behaviour and dispersal satisfy all concerned.
“Our aim is to create a safe, well-managed venue, providing a great place of entertainment for the local community.
“As a family, we have been part of Hastings for years, and we feel we’ve got what it takes to bring some variety and a much-needed boost to the night-time economy.
“The level of interest, enthusiasm and support shown for the reopening, by all sections of the Hastings community, has been overwhelming.”
The new owners plan to build upon the reputation of The Crypt, which played host to some of the biggest names in music, and was much mourned by the town when it closed last year.
Simon said that the new club would remain an alternative venue, but with a new look, and new sound and light equipment.
The aim is to attract the biggest names in DJs and live music, as well as fostering local talent.
There would also be the potential for the venue to host other cultural and corporate events.
An application for a premises licence has been submitted to Hastings Borough Council, and it is hoped that a decision will be made by mid-December.
Simon is urging the town to get behind the new venue and “Vote Yes”; an online petition has been created to show support for the new licence application, which will be presented to the council’s licensing committee.
The petition can be found online at www.electricstag.com.