Gay club ready to admit all with its new look

Manager Matt Scott is looking forward to welcoming all clubbers when The Pink Rooms is rebranded as the VIP Club Lounge

Manager Matt Scott is looking forward to welcoming all clubbers when The Pink Rooms is rebranded as the VIP Club Lounge

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SWINDON’s only gay club is to throw open its doors to the whole community after owner Matt Hearn decided there is no need to pigeon hole clubbers.

The Pink Rooms has been running in Regent Circus for eight years since Foxies lap dancing club vacated the spot, and was declared best gay nightclub in the south-west the following year.

But Matt, 37, who has been running the town centre club for two years, feels now is the right time to embrace all communities.

Significant steps in equal rights over the past year has made Matt believe gay people no longer need their own space in Swindon, and he is rebranding the club as the VIP Club Lounge.

“We do not need to label people,” he said.

“With the way everything is progressing forward, what with gay marriage and equal rights, I have felt for a long time that a gay venue is not necessary any more.

“I spoke to a lot of the gay community after I started having these thoughts and they were of the same opinion as me.”

Matt said business was ging well and was not a factor in his decision.

“Everything has been going really well and we have been going from strength to strength,” he added.

“This will open up a broader audience and a wider clientele.

“There will be brand new promotions, a new sound system and the whole club is being refurbished with a lounge area and cocktail bar upstairs.

“Everyone should be free to go where they want.

“I took over the running of the club two years ago, and as time has progressed I have realised this has been more acceptable from my staff and my customers.”

Matt is currently awaiting planning approval for the change of venue, and plans to completely revitalise the club within the space of a week.

“Everybody likes a bit of VIP treatment when they go out and that is what we will be offering,” he said. “We all like to feel a bit special when they go out for the night.

“We will have regular prices but with lots of new promotions. Everything is still in the planning process at the moment.

“We will be closing on March 22, when we will be holding our closing down party for the Pink Rooms. We then reopen for the launch party on 28 March.

“There will be a lot of sleepless nights and long hours to get everything ready, but we have put a lot of work in already and I am 100 per cent confident we will open on time. There has been a lot of organisation to get to this point.

“Nobody needs to be labelled or put into categories any more, everybody will be welcome.”

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3:53pm Sat 15 Mar 14

greenpacer says...

Not for me whatever he calls it. Not big enough and not a good choice of ales.
Not for me whatever he calls it. Not big enough and not a good choice of ales. greenpacer
  • Score: -12

9:09pm Sun 16 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Gay!
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Gay! mrwoo
  • Score: -4

9:10pm Sun 16 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

greenpacer wrote:
Not for me whatever he calls it. Not big enough and not a good choice of ales.
no but plenty of babysham!
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: Not for me whatever he calls it. Not big enough and not a good choice of ales.[/p][/quote]no but plenty of babysham! mrwoo
  • Score: -2

7:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

Wildwestener says...

Good luck with this Matt; true equality is when you don't have to be defined by your colour/creed/sex or sexuality. What a positive step forward.
Good luck with this Matt; true equality is when you don't have to be defined by your colour/creed/sex or sexuality. What a positive step forward. Wildwestener
  • Score: 9

1:35pm Mon 17 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Wildwestener wrote:
Good luck with this Matt; true equality is when you don't have to be defined by your colour/creed/sex or sexuality. What a positive step forward.
Actually true equality is when you don't need to have a separate bar like this at all!
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: Good luck with this Matt; true equality is when you don't have to be defined by your colour/creed/sex or sexuality. What a positive step forward.[/p][/quote]Actually true equality is when you don't need to have a separate bar like this at all! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Grumble Grumble says...

Yes, it's all to do with equality and inclusivity and absolutely nothing to do with the multimillion pound leisure development just across the street.
Yes, it's all to do with equality and inclusivity and absolutely nothing to do with the multimillion pound leisure development just across the street. Grumble Grumble
  • Score: 3

6:46am Wed 19 Mar 14

hmmmmmmm says...

Straight people are welcome to it so many gay people stopped going due to the large amount of straight and under age people being let in and the homophobic door staff. This is not equality, true equality would mean everyone being allowed to be them selves everywhere without fear of anything. This isn't news, news would be staff at straight venues understanding equality and all people being able to be who and what ever they want whenever they want, Swindon town centre is not this place. please don't dress up a blatant ploy to make money as helping the community
Straight people are welcome to it so many gay people stopped going due to the large amount of straight and under age people being let in and the homophobic door staff. This is not equality, true equality would mean everyone being allowed to be them selves everywhere without fear of anything. This isn't news, news would be staff at straight venues understanding equality and all people being able to be who and what ever they want whenever they want, Swindon town centre is not this place. please don't dress up a blatant ploy to make money as helping the community hmmmmmmm
  • Score: 1

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