Footage captured the moment musician and DJ Clint Boon surfed in what marked a final farewell to the city’s southern nightclub. Partygoers headed out for a final night of partying at the venue on Saturday June 4, with the resident DJ seen held aloft by the singing crowd during the evening.
It comes after the Inspiral Carpets star and radio presenter took to social media on Thursday to break the sad news that the King Street venue was due to close after 27 years of entertaining the town’s clubbers. Music icon Manc and the club’s famous resident DJ announced on his social media: “A message I never expected to post.
“My night this Saturday at South will be the closing night for the club. Due to issues beyond our control (myself, management and owners), Manchester will lose one of their biggest nightspots of all. the temperature.”
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Boon went on to say, “The South has been my second home for over 20 years and it’s been an important part of the Boon family journey. Please join us on Saturday for our closing party. Needless to say, it will be a great send and probably a touching one! Lots of love.”
Video footage taken on Saturday night showed the room packed as revelers danced to the Manchester anthems. And after getting the crowd moving, the 62-year-old DJ was then carried onto the dance floor, held high by the arms of club-goers who were cheering and screaming.
And on Sunday, June 5, Clint shared a photo of himself outside the venue, taken on Saturday night, writing, “One of the best nights of my life. Thank you South Club and everyone there have been working or partying. What an amazing journey! All my love xx.”
Clint has been playing Saturday nights at the South King Street venue for over 20 years with his famous Boon Army, Disco Rescue and Forever parties. On the same day, he announced that the final night, which aired on Beatstream from 11 p.m., was sold out. Following the news, fans bid an emotional farewell to the nightclub.
Tokyo Industries explained in a statement that the closure is due to the end of the lease during Covid and the “owner wishing to redevelop the space”. It is not yet known what the next plans are for the famous club site.
Commenting on the closure, club general manager Aaron Mellor said: “Over the past few years more and more residential apartments have surrounded us on South King Street, leading to noise reduction advisories and adaptation after adaptation to try to solve the sound problems.
“More recently, the demolition and redevelopment of the former Pizza Express building into a hotel has closed off our adjacent street, moving our smoking area to South King Street, returning more noise issues from residents overlooking that street. We have become landlocked by development residences”.
He added: “All good things must come to an end – we’ve had some amazing times in this building, but now seems like the right time to close the chapter in this story. All the staff, club nights, promoters and of course Mr. Boon, will be safely moved to our Deaf Institute, Gorilla and Factory locations. All you need is SOUTH…x.”