A NEW Stalybridge music venue is scheduled to open in May, lockdown restrictions permitting.
And Sam Gosling, manager of Zeros, Market Street, wants it to become a magnet for local Indie and rock n’roll bands
“There is nowhere this side of Manchester that gives an opportunity to young bands on a weekly basis,” he explained.
“Yes, there are other venues but not where it is regular. We will have live bands or live music every Friday and Saturday with free entry.”
Sam was previously manager of The New Stalybridge Labour Club which put on music events alongside other functions.
He said: “During the first lockdown, I had a lot of time to reflect and was looking for a new opportunity to open a new live music venue.
“I was approaching various people and was looking to rent a bar and then this came along, too big an opportunity to pass by.
“I can see the potential as exciting and Market Street is the busiest place in the town at night.
“Since we made the announcement about Zeros on social media, we have received great feedback. There is definitely an appetite and respect that will be having new music and not cover bands.
“And it is also in the ward I represent as a councillor.”
Sam will manage Zeros for Ian Whittaker who also owns two other Stalybridge bars, Back to the Eighties and Sykes.
A massive refurbishment is underway at the venue which was Lions Bar until last March’s lockdown.
The venue, which will open Wednesday to Sunday, is scheduled for a launch event on May 17 with Tameside Radio’s Dave Sweetmore the resident DJ each Thursday.
Then it is planned to open downstairs in June as Club Zero which Sam described as being the only Indie nightclub in the borough with a licence until 3am on Friday and Saturday.
There will be live music, both free and ticketed gigs, at Club Zero.
Sam said: “There are a lot of young people in Tameside who like Indie or guitar-based music and have to go to places like 42 and The Venue in Manchester.
“Why not have a venue in Tameside which is a big enough borough to accommodate it.
“It would be a lot easier if we had cover bands and tribute acts but, personally, I think it is important to give young bands a space to play and develop.
“Tameside is blessed to have so many bands, the likes of Callow Youth, Narrow Margins, Freeda and Cobain Jones who have nowhere to play.”
The name was derived from a Declan McKenna album title – he is one of Sam’s favourite artists.
Sam will still have some involvement at The New Stalybridge Labour Club where his partner Francesca has become manager. She was previously his assistant.
It was three years ago Sam took over the Labour Club and set about reviving its fortunes. It will continue to concentrate on functions with live bands once each month.