Lava & Ignite Nightclub in Oxford has revealed that it will be closing its doors for the final time and undergoing refurbishment before relaunching in time for the start of Michaelmas 2015.
In an announcement on their Facebook page, the nightclub said, “After an amazing few years of memories for thousands of clubbers, the Lava & Ignite party is coming to an end… It’s time we had one massive refurbishment!
“We launch as a brand new venue on Friday 11th September!”
The club will be holding a closing party on the weekend of 22nd August but will remain open until 28th August.
The new venue will be named Atik, with its location confirmed as Cantay House, Park End Street, where Lava & Ignite is currently based.
Lava & Ignite has also been promoting Atik on its Facebook page and sharing a number of Atik’s posts.
Atik stated, “The biggest nightclub in Oxford is having massive investment. We will be refurbishing and rebranding all 5 rooms with the latest sound systems, lights and funky themed bars!”
The regional director of Deltic Group, which owns Atik, Russell Quelch, said in a statement, “Lava & Ignite has been part of the Oxford scene for eight years, but it’s time to put it to rest and create an entirely new experience for today’s clubbers. We are confident that our existing and new customers will really enjoy the look and feel of Atik.
“With three distinct dance rooms, the club will cater for all tastes. For retro fans, Vinyl will feature an illuminated dance floor playing pop classics, the main dance room, Atik, will offer the very best in light and sound technology and Curve will have an R&B vibe. A new tiki inspired bar, Lualalai, will serve a wide range of specialist cocktails and treasure chest sharers as well as host cocktail making parties. Table service will also be more widely available with the addition of 18 VIP booths.
“We are going to raise our game, whilst not alienating our core audience,” added Russell. “We will still have mid-week student nights and hope to attract a more local audience at the weekend. With a line-up of internationally acclaimed DJs and celebrity appearances, we are confident that Atik will be a big hit!”
It also appealed for staff for the new club for “a fantastic new team”, although both clubs are yet to confirm whether there is to be a complete overhaul of staff and bouncers. Staff at the venue have come under criticism by university students in the last academic year over allegations of homophobia.
Atik, which described itself as “the fastest growing nightclub company in the UK” said, “â€¨We are recruiting for a number of positions– these include Hosts â€¨[and] Bar Staffâ€¨… Previous experience is not necessary, all we require is people with the right attitude.”
Lava & Ignite and Atik have both been contacted for comment.