DJs go underground – in road tunnel

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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A ring road tunnel is set to be transformed into a temporary nightclub for 5,000 revellers attending a motoring festival.

Coventry’s Greyfriars Green tunnel will be converted into “The Tunnel Club” to mark the opening night of the city’s three-day Motofest in May.

Organisers of the event have hailed the plans to convert the underpass in just four hours as a world first.

The newly-built tunnel, constructed as part of Coventry’s £59 million Friargate development, will be officially opened during the festival, running from May 29-31.

Jeremy Heaver, Motofest’s commercial director, said: “We always like to bring something different to the party with Motofest, so we thought: why not turn the road tunnel into a nightclub?

“When we first took the idea to Coventry City Council, I think it probably took them aback as it is a slightly left-field thing to do.

“However, they could see the potential and they really got behind us in delivering this world-first event.

“It promises to be an amazing spectacle and a great night of entertainment, featuring some of the UK’s top DJs playing in the tunnel on Coventry’s ring road.”

Councillor Rachel Lancaster, cabinet member for public services at Coventry City Council, said: “This is a pretty unique way to celebrate the opening of our new tunnel – and certainly not one I’d ever thought of.

“But I love the opportunity this gives us to show off a key project that’s going to play such a big part in the increasingly successful regeneration of the city centre.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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