Zap Club, Brighton
Reopening of the arches
May 1989 heralded the club’s expansion to occupy four of the arches under the Kings Road - doubling its capacity from 200 to 400. The extra space and cleverly designed stage area (created by architects specialising in theatre spaces) meant that the club could put on the sort of acts that its directors had wanted from the start. It also meant more space to sit, see, eat, drink, move or just hang out.
The re-opening was originally planned for 9 May when Moscow’s leading underground rock band Zvuki Mu (produced by Brian Eno) were due to top the bill. However, events had to be re-scheduled, as the building work was not complete. Zvuki Mu played at the Pavilion Theatre and the club eventually opened on 15 May with a party for members.