THE biggest nightclub launch the North-East has seen in a decade is set for August bank holiday weekend and it will feature one of the most iconic names in dance music.

The new 1,500 capacity ‘super-club’ features three separate rooms, a ground breaking sound system from L-Acoustic and a state-of-the-art, fully immersive light and visual show.

BBC Radio 1 legend Pete Tong and Horse Meat Disco will open the venue on Friday, August 27 with support from Charlie Hedges, Mighty Mouse and Natasha Kitty Katt.

Local resident DJs John Dance, Jonny Burn and Kev Cannon, from Darlington, will be on support duties all weekend.

There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last 20 years.

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As the voice of BBC Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Tong has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades.

He has become the leading taste-maker of the electronic generation and is considered an industry icon.

Also appearing on Friday night are disco collective, Horse Meat Disco.

The four-strong DJ collective of Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and Severino Panzetta have become a mainstay of festival stages and with monthly residencies in London, New York, Berlin and Lisbon they have established themselves as one of the world’s most successful disco club brands.

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John Dance, Marty Smith and Rob Seaman are behind the new club project.

With more than 30 years experience in the music industry Marty has a wealth of knowledge in the North-East’s nightlife scene, working at some of the region’s most famous venues.

Rob Seaman has worked in the Balearic Islands since the early 90s.

During his time there he was director of the world famous Café Mambo where he was instrumental in bringing BBC Radio 1’s weekly broadcasts to the venue.

He also worked with Pete Tong on his Wonderland nights and the Swedish House Mafia during their inaugural year at Pacha.

He then moved to Mallorca, working as VIP director for Ibiza Rocks before launching the groundbreaking youth concept hotel BH Mallorca with its 7,000 capacity live events venue and festival level production.

Seaman brings with him an incredible wealth of experience, expertise and a network of talent that would be hard to match.

He said: “Our aim is to build on the excellent reputation Newcastle already has and raise its profile still further.

“We are booking international artists from different genres and can mix up the styles on the same night in the different rooms.

“We will have something to offer everyone at The Lofts and look forward to welcoming music fans not just from the local area but from throughout the UK.”

Tickets are on sale now for the opening night on August 27, for details and to book visit the website