‘End of an era’ as Clint Boon and fans emotionally say goodbye with nightclub closing party

Fond memories flood in as Clint Boon prepared to close the curtain on Manchester’s legendary South nightclub. On Friday, the DJ, musician and radio host announced the sad news that the King Street venue would be closing its doors this weekend after one last party, after 27 years of entertaining the city’s masses.

Manc’s music icon and the club’s famed resident DJ announced on his social media: “A post I never hoped I’d have to post. My night this Saturday in South will be the club’s closing night. ( myself, the management and owners), Manchester will lose one of its greatest nightclubs of all time.”

He continued: “South has been my second home for over 20 years and it’s been a big part of the Boon family’s journey. Please come to our closing night on Saturday. Needless to say it’s a big send and probably an emotional one! Lots of love.”

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The same day he announced that last night, streaming from 11pm on Beatstream, was sold out. And prior to the closing party, he tweeted to his ‘Boon Army’: “Tonight marks 21 years since I started my weekly residency there. Party! xxx”

Fans shared their support and their memories of the star of Inspiral Carpets. @SteveHaywood15 tweeted: “Had the pleasure of attending a few years ago and it was so good it got my big old fat *** on the dance floor! Not much can do that for me, have a great time .”

@Shaun_Garfin shared: “Haven’t been often but we popped in on our 20th wedding anniversary, you played The Charlatans and dedicated it to us not knowing the song was practically looped in the pub we met. The south will be wherever it will be, have a huge dude.”

@CAH2811 said “Still in shock – great memories of @South_Club and Red Stripe with @therealboon – end of an era x” @kittenberry said: “I’m gutted… had some of the best nights of my life in that club… life changer.” And @TheZenkobra posted: “We love you Clint #booarmy.”

@EmilyGrayson__ wrote: “It’s hard to put into words how I feel about losing South. I’ve been going there for 12 years. Every crazy night was a @South_Club night. The best times and the worst hangovers. We will never have a place like this again. Thanks for the coziness & Red Stripe.”

@SJBeech said: “Enjoy the closing night in South. As sad as it is, you have more than stamped your shine all over the place over the years and you will continue to do so wherever you play from now on. Best wishes to everyone out there this evening.” @BritBoxingBlog wrote: “Great Club. Bless you Clint. Had some brilliant nights there over the years.” And @matherl said, “So sad.”

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