BY TOBY PORTER
A former strip joint which closed in May will become a 500-capacity nightclub.
Phase is expected to open until the early hours of Saturdays and Sundays, starting in December, on the site of the former Hustler Club, in Crown Hill, Croydon.
The new venue will be run by Lambeth Group – the team behind Brixton’s Prince of Wales – with two dedicated club rooms as well as a studio.
The owners also plan to open for mid-week live music and comedy shows.
Phase also plans to work with organisations and charities to offer out its studio and stage space to local groups.
Managing director Wayne Saunders said: “Our team are thrilled to be part of an exciting and dynamic time for Croydon, an area that has always been a hotbed for creative talent and music.
“Together with Croydon Music City, our shared vision to re-establish the borough on the cultural and musical map of London is vital to our project.
“We’re committed to offering a platform for emerging artists and a hub for established acts from the underground electronic music scene, as well as developing a performance space for local and London-wide talent from spoken word, cabaret, comedy and live music.
“Alongside this programme, we’ll also be working with local music charities such as Grooveschool to help develop young people’s skills in DJ and music production.”