Burnley club Lava and Ignite shuts

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The site of Lava and Ignite The site of Lava and Ignite

BURNLEY’s biggest and most well-known nightclub has closed.

Lava and Ignite, which opened in Hammerton Street in 2001 in the former 19th century Proctor's Mill foundry, has shut with the loss of 19 jobs.

But club bosses said they would return to the town if conditions improved.

Tony Gorbert, northern regional director of Luminar Group, which owns the venue, said: “Following a long-term decline in footfall in the town centre, we have taken the difficult decision to close Lava and Ignite in Burnley. We would like to thank our loyal customers and all our employees, who have worked so hard in tough operating conditions to provide a fun, safe and great value night out.

“If and when local conditions improve, we hope to be in a position to reopen the club.”

Luminar's Blackburn venue Liquid and Envy is not closing, the firm said.

Kev Riley, who used to run Fusion and the Red Room in Burnley, said: “I never thought I would see the day when Lava and Ignite closed down. I think it’s a reflection on Burnley nightlife at the moment.

“Bars are changing hands regularly and people are struggling to make a go of them.

“Lava and Ignite used to get decent DJs and acts on, but in the end they went down the route of cheap drinks rather than spending on getting good people in.”

Leon Kelly, who used to run the Level One nightclub in Burnley, said: “It is a real shame but I’m not surprised. Five years ago there would be 1,400 people in there on a Friday night and 2,500 on a Saturday. Now I’m led to believe that there are 250 in on a Friday and 600 on a Saturday.

“There is over-saturation in Burnley, and then people are drinking at home and coming into town later.”

Burnley clubbers took to Twitter to express their views.

Danny Haslam said: “Ignite is being shut down. Burnley will never be the same.”

But Chris Horner tweeted: “Lava and Ignite not making money in Burnley doesn't really surprise me. Especially when they charged £6 to get in.”

Brian Hobbs, president of Burnley’s Chamber of Trade, said: “Burnley has a pretty big night-time economy and I think it is strong enough to survive this closure. Of course nobody likes to see 19 people lose their job, but that is the way of things unfortunately.

“I am concerned about the future of the building. It is a well known building and the work Lava and Ignite did on bringing a derelict building back into use was very welcome.”

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5:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

Rather than let someone else run it ,this lot close it and then vandals move in.nightclubs can only be run on a personal basis and not by large groups who only see accountants balance sheets.unless the owner is personally involved the staff don't usually have any involvement except for doing what they are paid to do.bad management is usually the problem. The Blackburn club will follow for sure.
Rather than let someone else run it ,this lot close it and then vandals move in.nightclubs can only be run on a personal basis and not by large groups who only see accountants balance sheets.unless the owner is personally involved the staff don't usually have any involvement except for doing what they are paid to do.bad management is usually the problem. The Blackburn club will follow for sure. shirtbox2003

5:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

And some clown thought he could open up peppermint place and make it a success , in blackburn even though he had no money and wanted the council and the mall to put the money up frount and not his own ,,, I fell of my chair laughing at that so funny , mans a comedian should go on stage he'd make more money than Michael mcintryre with gags like that lol
And some clown thought he could open up peppermint place and make it a success , in blackburn even though he had no money and wanted the council and the mall to put the money up frount and not his own ,,, I fell of my chair laughing at that so funny , mans a comedian should go on stage he'd make more money than Michael mcintryre with gags like that lol phil kernot

7:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

East_lancs_lad says...

phil kernot wrote:
And some clown thought he could open up peppermint place and make it a success , in blackburn even though he had no money and wanted the council and the mall to put the money up frount and not his own ,,, I fell of my chair laughing at that so funny , mans a comedian should go on stage he'd make more money than Michael mcintryre with gags like that lol
Think that was our friend the one and only Leon Kelly, I suppose him and the other clown Mr O Toole could make a go at the Lava, two aspiring Mr Stringfellows ......... But of course they ll need to borrow your money.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: And some clown thought he could open up peppermint place and make it a success , in blackburn even though he had no money and wanted the council and the mall to put the money up frount and not his own ,,, I fell of my chair laughing at that so funny , mans a comedian should go on stage he'd make more money than Michael mcintryre with gags like that lol[/p][/quote]Think that was our friend the one and only Leon Kelly, I suppose him and the other clown Mr O Toole could make a go at the Lava, two aspiring Mr Stringfellows ......... But of course they ll need to borrow your money. East_lancs_lad

8:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

zabby says...

Violent attacks in the early hours might become fewer around that area now this place has shut
Violent attacks in the early hours might become fewer around that area now this place has shut zabby

10:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

about time too,,,the place was getting a bad reputation in the local area,,its a shame they couldn,t do the same with turf moor,,
about time too,,,the place was getting a bad reputation in the local area,,its a shame they couldn,t do the same with turf moor,, noddy57

12:33am Fri 7 Feb 14

MrNeutral says...

Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish. MrNeutral

9:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

rover95 says...

MrNeutral wrote:
Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Here here. Burn it down
[quote][p][bold]MrNeutral[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.[/p][/quote]Here here. Burn it down rover95

9:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

rover95 says...

MrNeutral wrote:
Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Here here. Burn it down
[quote][p][bold]MrNeutral[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.[/p][/quote]Here here. Burn it down rover95

9:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

rover95 says...

MrNeutral wrote:
Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Here here. Burn it down
[quote][p][bold]MrNeutral[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.[/p][/quote]Here here. Burn it down rover95

1:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

rover95 wrote:
MrNeutral wrote:
Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Here here. Burn it down
I think the words you're struggling with should read 'Hear Hear'.
[quote][p][bold]rover95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrNeutral[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Great news! Good riddance to bad rubbish.[/p][/quote]Here here. Burn it down[/p][/quote]I think the words you're struggling with should read 'Hear Hear'. DaveBurnley

1:10pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Ken dodds cousin says...

soon as Asian lads started going in and bullying white chavs it was bound to close soon..
soon as Asian lads started going in and bullying white chavs it was bound to close soon.. Ken dodds cousin

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