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A new planning application to demolish the After Dark Club on London Street

After Dark Night Club

KK Property Investments Ltd has submitted a planning application to Reading Borough Council (RBC) to demolish the After Dark Club at 112 London Street and replace it with a block of six flats. This is the third application in recent years to develop the site. The first was rejected in 2016 and the second was withdrawn by the applicant in 2018 before a decision was made.

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After Dark night club licence reviewed in advance of the ‘Reading Riot!’ event on 22 June

This week, Reading Borough Council (RBC) will again review the premises licence for the After Dark night club on London Street. At the last review in April, there had been complaints by local residents of loud music beyond licensed hours, alleged breaches of noise abatement notices, and concern from Thames Valley Police (TVP) about drug use and violence on the premises.

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Council reviews After Dark Night Club licence after noise complaints and police concerns

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will review the premises licence of the After Dark Night Club on London Street, Reading this week, after complaints by local residents of loud music beyond licenced hours, alleged breaches of noise abatement notices, and concern from Thames Valley Police about drug use and violence on the premises.

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After Dark Club showcases Reading’s best new bands

By Matthew Farrall with Trevor Absolom and Matthew Davies.

After Dark Bar

Last Saturday, the After Dark Club on London Street in Katesgrove hosted another live music night in league with the inspirational Musical Bear Records, with free entry if you turned up before 7.30. Three of the four bands were local and, once again, we were amazed at their quality and originality. The Reading music scene seems pretty vibrant and alive at the moment, not to mention cheap and accessible.

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Planning application 172213 : The After Dark Club, 112 London Street

112 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ

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Live at the After Dark Club

HATYM and Uncle Peanut. Photo by permission (c) Musical Bear Records.

The legendary After Dark Club is back as a live music venue. Its scaffolded stage held five very different bands on Saturday 2 December in a fundraiser for the local homeless charity Launchpad, organised by the intriguing Musical Bear record label.

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Apollo, After Dark and the Central Club: “when the music hits you, you can feel no pain”

Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’

I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.

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Proposal to replace After Dark Club with 10 apartments rejected

After Dark Entrance

The application to demolish Katesgrove’s After Dark Club and replace it with 10 apartments was rejected at Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee on Wednesday 7 December.

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Planning application 161935 : The ‘After Dark’ club, London Street

112 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ

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Reading Fringe Festival events in and around Katesgrove

The Reading Fringe Festival programme 2019 is out and there are lots of events south of the IDR, including those at the new-to-the-fringe venue, the After Dark club on London Street. Other local venues are the Rising Sun Arts Centre, South Street Arts Centre, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).

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A Pevsner Perambulation in Katesgrove

Pell Street looking west

Nikolaus Pevsner‘s edition of the Berkshire volume of ‘Buildings of England’ was published in 1966, the thirtieth county guide of forty-six. The Reading section starts with the Abbey, followed by churches and finally public buildings.

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The Big Bang Tidy

By Matthew Davies, aged 33⅓.

HATYM and Uncle Peanut at the After Dark club. Photo by permission (c) Musical Bear Records.

Pete Brookes of Uncle Peanut fame curated a Big Untidy evening of music at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on 14 September. Despite the untidy name of the evening, Pete pulled off a blinder; all the acts worked together and it made perfect sense.

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Matthew Farrall charity gig at Readipop on 22 September

Club Velocity will present a charity gig in memory of Matthew Farrall on 22 September. Matthew, who died in April 2018, was an enthusiastic Whitley resident, Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) trustee, Explore Reading and Whitley Pump contributor.

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Melodic anxiety and tuneful paranoia with Harroland

I caught up with “Reading’s best new band” Harroland at their third ever gig, at Readipop in Milford Road in March, and they kindly granted me a very public interview in the car park. It was a freezing cold night, but I was ably assisted with questions by Whitley and Katesgrove aristocracy, music gurus Trevor Absolom and Michael Wyatt, as well as a very pleasant passer-by. When they become big and global in the years to come, you can boast about seeing Harroland early on at Reading venues.

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Book review – Picture Palace to Penny Plunge

If you want to find out what and where the ‘Penny Plunge’ and ‘Twopenny Plunge’ were, then you should read David Cliffe’s fascinating book about Reading’s cinemas, just published by Two Rivers Press.

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Katesgrove included in two guided town centre walks

Reading Civic Society will commemorate the 50th anniversary of conservation areas this year by organising guided conservation area walks, including some on London Street and Southampton Street in Katesgrove.

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A year in planning

Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.

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Biscuit tins at the Planning Committee

Inside the Huntley Boorne & Stevens Tin Works

Inside the Huntley, Boorne & Stevens tin works

After much public interest and a prolonged campaign it is not surprising that the first application to be heard at Wednesday 7 December Planning Applications Committee was the proposed demolition of the After Dark Club. But it is not just the club that was under threat.

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Open for Art on Reading’s Cultural Heritage Trail

Open for Art 2015

Readipop at Open for Art 2015

Among the many artistic and cultural opportunities available this weekend as part of the Open for Art festival is a cultural heritage trail run by Readipop.

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