Toast re-opens under new management


Photo by Martin Sutton

Alongside the launch of Hustle Tuesday, Toast has re-opened under new management revitalising Lancaster’s nightlife.

Toast’s re-launch comes following its closure at the start of Lent Term due to the previous owner’s outstanding debt.

The news has been welcomed by many following the closure of the Carleton’s student night last term, amid criticism that LUSU are monopolising Lancaster’s student scene.

The club is now under new ownership and has re-opened temporarily until July for the bank holiday period. Owners Illustrious Lounging intend to close the venue for the month of July while internally refurbishing the bar and giving the club a face lift. This £100,000 renovation is due for its re-launch, under a new name, in August.

The new management own two other nightclubs in Warrington which offer two alternative genres: an Indie-music venue, which welcomes live bands to play, and a dance-music orientated club which hosts a night with Ian Austin, Rock FM’s DJ and former resident DJ of Blackpool’s Syndicate.

Toast offers two student nights at present. Mondays’ “Vodka Heaven” which boasts double vodkas at £1.50 with £3 admission, and Wednesdays’ “Fuzzy Duck” with £1 entry and selected drinks at £1 too, hoping to fill the Carleton’s void. Free entry is offered to those who gain a photo with the 6 ½ foot blue “fuzzy duck” which roams Lancaster’s streets.

The opening night, which was over the Easter bank-holiday weekend, was a huge success. The club reached full capacity by 12.30 and had to turn over 300 people away; and similar success has been seen subsequently

Darren Reynolds, manager of Illustrious Lounging, appealed to his future clients. The company wants to know what Lancaster wants from its nightlife and urges students to comment on the club’s Facebook page with ideas and opinions so that they can create a club which offers exactly what the nightlife of Lancaster wants.

The refurbished venue will remain divided into club and bar sections and the club’s future facelift hopes to liven up the venue.

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