A long-gone Lancashire “superclub” that was loved by celebrities and students offered everything from memorable to themed nights and offers of drinks “free until your pee”. It was nicknamed “Tokes,” Tokyo Jo’s was the center of Preston’s nightlife during the 90s and the into the decade of the noughties. The club was situated in Church Street, it opened in the month of August, 1990 after the owners spent over 1 million spending their money on the. A lot of clubbers of Preston as well as beyond be able to recall the sticky carpet as well as the drink deals and lengthy queues. Nights for students in the 90s were also a source that became legends at Tokes.
It also hosted a number of famous names during its time including the young Take That singing on ITV’s The Hitman and Her to Gabrielle N-Trance Jason Donavan and more. The theater began operations in 1928 and was formerly known as it was known as the New Victoria Cinema and in its time, it was Top Rank, Easy Street and Clouds.Tokyo Jo’s closed its doors in 2006 but it reopened with various names like Lava as well as Ignite as well as Evoque. But a major fire that occurred in May of this year caused significant damage, and there was no way to save the building’s iconic design.
DJ Dave Redding, 59, began working for Tokyo Jo’s the year it was opened. He used one phrase to define the vibe of the club was “unreal.” He said to Lancs Live: “It was huge, it had 2850 capacity.Over the decades, Dave said many famous names have passed through the doors of Tokyo Jo’s including one of the most popular ITV show. He explained: “Hitman and Her were there from the very beginning times when the show first began.
“Tokyo Jo’s was among the first to hold the concert there. When we first launched the RnB night there was this track I’d been listening to for several months. It was Dreams by Gabrielle and it was an illegal bootleg. We asked whether we could convince Gabrielle to join us for an RnB evening.
The night at Tokyo Jo’s, Dave said that it was an “atmosphere which you felt because it was amazing.” He added: “I loved the team who worked there.It was a fantastic team. The entertainment team were amazing and the dancers were fantastic and the management was amazing and the staff were amazing. Everything was exceptional and the energy did not stop and but just went on.
Dave Jones, 62, was the promotions manager and DJ for Tokyo Jo’s. The club was founded in 1993 and later took over from Dave Redding who was working for four nights per week and 5 days a week in management.Dave stated that among the aspects that he liked the most about the club was the layout. He said to Lancs Live: “It was an original design on the different floors, various levels, and I believe the lighting system and sound system was amazing too.
There were lots of Japanese drawings and Japanese lanterns. The dancefloor made of wood was large, with the DJ’s station located on the dancefloor.We were treated to an incredible lighting system inside the club and it was famous for its lighting, and popular music from the day and the music of the time. It was a nightclub that was commercial but not like the Cream’s or similar However, it did have an atmosphere of party.