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Underground electronic music venue opening in Friargate

Posted on - 21st November, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Friargate, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University, What's On in Preston
In:Libra will have an industrial feel with lots of exposed brick
In:Libra will have an industrial feel with lots of exposed brick

A new nightclub is set to bring underground electronic music, world-famous DJs, and a no phones policy to Friargate.

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In:Libra is the latest venture for Serena Baxter and Paul Harrison, who together own Lonely People in Winckley Street and Room 32 in Guildhall Street.

As with Lonely People, Serena and Paul have been inspired by their experience of living in Berlin to bring something completely different to Preston’s nightlife scene.

For In:Libra that means a wide variety of non-commercial music encompassing disco, house, techno, breaks and more.

Serena said: “We had been looking for a venue for a while and finally found this one in Friargate, which we think is the perfect intimate space for what we have planned.

“While Preston has a busy nightlife the music tends to be more commercial. We have friends who travel to Liverpool and Manchester to find a different style of music and venue.

“As we believe Preston is moving forward we thought a space where alternative music styles can be heard would be a benefit to the growing nightlife in the city.”

Read more: Uber-cool cocktail bar Lonely People opens in Preston

To bring their idea to fruition, Serena and Paul will have a strong selection of local resident DJs, plus appearances by larger acts from across the UK and Europe.

When In:Libra opens on Saturday 30 November it will also be the launch of the first in a monthly series of parties called Triangles, which will be curated by Liverpool producer and DJ, ASOK.

Serena said: “This night will give an idea of the musical direction we will be establishing.

“Having a number of recent appearances at Berghain / Panorama Bar in Berlin, ASOK is gaining a serious reputation globally and we are really glad to have him on board for his project.”

The industrial-style interior of In:Libra
The industrial-style interior of In:Libra

The music and DJ line-up won’t be the only different things about the venue – there will also be a no phones policy.

“The idea is to have something exciting and unique. We want the place to be immersive, somewhere you can switch off and fully enjoy yourself.

“That is why we will also be running a no phones policy, with no video or photography inside, we know that changes the dynamic of an evening.”

The venue at 134-135 Friargate has been converted from its previous use as Off The Waffle. Local tradespeople were employed to transform the interior and give it an industrial feel with a mix of steel, concrete and open brickwork.

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Serena and Paul are already planning ways to develop the venue, such as hosting jazz nights and live acts.

For more information and updates follow In:Libra on Facebook.

Will you be going to In:Libra when it opens? Let us know in the comments.

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