New live music venue ready to open

NEW Stalybridge live music venue Zeros is launching in May, lockdown restrictions permitting.

Zeros’ doors open to the public on Friday, May 21 with a special invite only event the previous night.

And Club Zero, the downstairs nightclub, will launch on Friday, June 25 at the Market Street premises which in its former life was Lions Bar and which has undergone a huge refurbishment since lockdown.

Zeros bar in Stalybridge, Market Street

Sam Gosling, manager of Zeros, 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.”

And Sam has booked an impressive array of musical talent in the opening weeks.

Appearing at Zeros will be Carrbrook’s Cobain Jones; Sean Rowles from Freeda who is doing a solo slot; Harry Lavin from Twisted Wheel which has supported Liam Gallagher; and Ryan Jarvis who has performed alongside the Courteeners.

And with free entry for the gigs, Zeros will be a draw for music lovers.

Cllr Sam Gosling outside Zeros bar in Stalybridge

The venue will open Wednesday to Sunday with Dave Sweetmore as the resident DJ each Thursday.

Sam described Club Zero 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 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.”

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.

“Since we made the announcement 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.”

Sam will manage Zeros for Ian Whittaker who also owns two other Stalybridge bars, Back to the Eighties and Sykes.

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