A world renowned DJ will headline a music event at Spode’s China Halls this weekend – as bookings continue to come in for the iconic venue.
DJ Sasha, the former resident DJ at Shelley’s Laserdome, in Longton, in the early 90s, is returning to perform in Stoke-on-Trent for the first time in more than a decade.
Large numbers of people are expected at the event on Sunday, which is being put on by organisers The Move, with the support of Stoke-on-Trent City Council as the site owner. A similar event held in December attracted more than 2,000 revellers and proved a huge success.
The event is the latest in a string of activities to take place in the China Halls, including the Donna Louise charity ball in June. The council has been working to bring the Spode site back to life in recent years, with other developments including artists’ studios, a hotel and café now on site.
And in November, the China Halls will host the 38th Stoke Beer and Cider Festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people over three days. An international custom-built motorbike show is also taking place at the venue in November, with another music event pencilled in around Halloween.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “It’s fantastic to see the iconic China Halls being used for such a range of activities, from gala charity balls to a dance event with a DJ known around the world. It’s proving to be a very popular venue for a range of functions, with more events in the pipeline and enquiries coming in on a regular basis.
“This is not only putting Stoke-on-Trent and Spode on the map – the events are attracting visitors to the area and also creating employment opportunities. Spode is certainly coming back to life with a 21st century purpose and the council’s hard work is paying off.”
Potteries-born DJ and promoter Lee Fredericks, who is involved in organising the event on Sunday, said: “The China Halls is an incredible venue for this type of event, and we’re really pleased the council is open to working with us. The customers at the first event were blown away not only by the music and production, but the uniqueness of the building.”
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