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Manchester Club Chief- It’s Grim Down South ::

Reported by Ben Stroud on October 31, 2008

Sankeys club impresario David Vincent chatted to Skrufff this week about his latest nightlife venture Spektrum and revealed that he turned to Berlin rather than London for designing his new purpose built Ancoats venue.

“The technology in Berlin clubs is light-years ahead of the UK, it’s designed to give both the clubber and the DJ a much richer experience in the club,” he explained.

“Germany also has a culture extremely focused on electronic dance music. Berlin is the only 24 hour clubbing environment in the world. You can go clubbing any day of the week over there, it’s not a past time but a way of life for the people of Berlin. For club culture this is a beautiful thing and is unquestionably one of the reasons why Berlin’s club scene is so vibrant and healthy at this time,” he said.

The highly successful Cockney clubbing entrepreneur described himself as ‘Mancunian at heart’ and demonstrated a typically Northern sense of humour when asked whether he aspires to step into the late great Tony Wilson’s shoes.

“Tony and I were both recently in the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology; the difference is Tony is a legend and I’m a leg-end,” he laughed,

“I’m a Londoner but London’s got no soul,” David added.

“I’ve not used London for any inspiration over the last 13 years. The only thing I’ve learnt from London is from the operational skills of Fabric and the way they run their club. I find there is no energy on the dance floor in London,” he said.

He also cheerfully brushed off press reports of Manchester’s collapsing property market, musing ‘what is the credit crunch?’

“I think it will have a positive effect on nightlife,” he predicted, “Spektrum was created out of the desire of people wanting to go to smaller venues for a more intimate, dare I say, niche experience. You have to remember the rise of acid house came out of the last recession,” said David.

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