Club boss vows to attract star names

Club Earth will play host to Mobo star Naughty Boy. Picture: Joey Kelly
Club Earth will play host to Mobo star Naughty Boy. Picture: Joey Kelly
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A PROMOTER has vowed to bring a new lease of life – and some of the world’s top DJs – to a Lothians nightclub.

Darren Laurie reckons he can turn Club Earth in Livingston into a “destination venue” for stars and revellers.

Naughty Boy. Picture: PA

Naughty Boy. Picture: PA

His first major venture takes place next month, when he will be bringing the stars of the prestigious Mobo Awards – being held in Glasgow on October 19 – including top-ten artist Naughty Boy, aka Shahid Khan, to the club.

The 43-year-old, from PM Venues UK Ltd, said: “Club Earth is a massive venue, with a capacity of around 1350. We don’t expect to be able to fill it just with clubbers from Livingston every night, but we think the quality of what we’re ­offering will attract people from all across 
Edinburgh.

“This night is going to serve as our statement of intent, and we’ve gone right to the top of the tree.”

Naughty Boy first came to the public’s attention through his collaborations with chart-topping singer Emeli Sande, with whom he formed a production and writing partnership while she was still an unknown artist.

He co-wrote and produced much of her debut album and has since gained plaudits as an artist in his own right, with his own debut recording, Hotel Cabana, reaching number two in the charts.

Mr Laurie said: “We’ve hired a bus to bring him and a number of other ­artists – who I’m keeping under wraps for now – over to Club Earth.”

The promoter claims to have played a role in organising parties for stars such as Jay-Z and Coldplay, with attendees including the likes of Bruno Mars, Tinchy Stryder and Wretch 32.

And he plans to put his own stamp on Club Earth.

He said: “We’re going to be closing the club down for a refurb in the New Year, and we’ll also be changing the name, but I can’t reveal what it’s going to be yet.”

jen.lavery@edinburghnews.com