Detroit, named after the hometown of Motown, opens its doors this Friday, December 3 at the nightclub that has been known over the years as Louie’s Long Bar, Bar 1 and recently Revolution.
The new table service venue will feature live music from a ten-piece band, a variety of guest singers, and a range of DJs to bring soul and funk sound back to the city.
The floor manager at Main Sprit Weind bar just off Church Street is Elizabeth Grant, daughter of Lancashire soul DJ Des Grant, who was crowned Miss England in 2016.
Elizabeth said that while soul-centric nightclubs were popular in other cities such as One Eight Six in Manchester, Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch and Marvin’s in Lytham, Preston had missed something and there was real demand. for a sophisticated yet convivial evening featuring the music of the automotive city.
She said: âWe’re so excited about Detroit Preston. Rumor has it gaining ground. Our opening night is almost sold out and all the staff are so excited about the music and ready to go.
âAs the daughter of Des Grant, I was raised on Motown and Soul from day one, but I always felt that there wasn’t a perfect venue here for that style of music. So obviously, I’m so glad it’s all lining up on bring this to Preston.
“We offer table service, it is a room with 150 seats and we offer wines and elegant cocktails for an informed public.
âWith the decor we went for a bit speakeasy vibe, black velvet and gold trim, emerald greens and reds. We have a fantastic mural by Marvin Gaye on one wall, which was done by a graffiti artist and which looks stunning, capturing the emotion of the man.
âUpstairs we have the Motor City Cocktail Bar and downstairs downstairs with the stage for the performers.â
The refurbishment cost over Â£ 180,000 with upholstered walls and revived dark oak floors.
Matt Philips will lead the house group every Saturday night. DJ and host will be John Miles, playing a mix of Motown, soul, blues and jazz, while guest artists will perform on Friday nights. There will also be a Sunday Soul session each week and weekend brunches.
How many of those Preston nightclubs bring back memories of your youth?