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Bluebird Club Crawley – clubbing in Crawley, West Sussex

09
Oct
2017

In another of our series of articles from club nights around the country we've got one that's a little nearer to home for us, The Bluebird Club Crawley, in West Sussex.

Thanks to Matt from Matt Laird from the Crawley Wellbeing team for telling us a bit more about their nights.

How did the Bluebird Club Crawley start?

It was part of an Arts Council, England (ACE) funded project across West Sussex. It followed on from the successful Blue Camel club run by Carousel in Brighton and West Sussex County Council arts partnership (made up of all the district and borough councils in the county) worked with Carousel to create and deliver their own clubs. This was subsidised by the Arts Council funding initially.

How did you come up with the name?

Each borough district was allocated a name i.e. Blue Oasis Club in Horsham, Blue Starfish in Worthing etc

Have your nights changed much since you started?

I don’t think so. We have an informal committee to engage with clubbers. We have changed the time from 7-10pm to 6.30-9.30pm though to try and address support workers and their clients leaving early.

How do you fund your nights?

We get our funding through ticket income and it is also subsidised by Crawley Borough Council.

Do people leave early?

Yes. It's a problem for us with people leaving before they want to. We've tried things like promoting the Stay Up Late campaign with flyers and posters. We've also mentioned it in a press release and mentioned it in a covering letter sent to our mailing list.

Has any of this worked

No! [This is obviously a concern for us at Stay Up Late and will be central to our discussion at our open Annual General Meeting on 28th Oct in Brighton. More details and how to book your place here 

What are your tips for running a good night?

Developing good relationships with other groups and organisations such as Outreach 3 Way, and The Coasters, our resident band.

What's next for your nights?

Next up we've got a night on Weds 11th Oct at The Hawth Theatre. See the event listing and the flyer for more info.Bluebird Club Crawley

We plan to organise one again early next year

Here's some photos from their nights

There's also more on the Bluebird Club Crawley Facebook page www.facebook.com/coastersband/

  • Crawley Wellbeing

    The Bluebird club was a fantastic success last night, with a record amount of people attending, and even better – Lots of People stayed right to the end – Which was again a success of the event. – Next event planned in the new year. Watch this space 🙂

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