A TEAM has been brought in to turn Wolverhampton venue Starworks (cap. 4,000) into a major force in live music.
Former general manager of Wolverhampton Civic Halls (3,000) Mark Blackstock, and promoter Biff Mitchell, who has put on shows at venues such as Plymouth Pavilions (4,000) and is head booker for The Glade Area at Glastonbury Festival (140,000), will run Starworks.
Owned by multi-media company Brighter Star, the venue which was previously a car manufacturing plant has held dance music events for the last few years.
“I had more than two decades at the Civic Halls and was part of a team that brought great bands and events to the city,” says Blackstock, who left the Civic in October (see LIVE UK issue 217).
“That’s in the past and now I am looking ahead to some very exciting times working alongside Biff and the venue’s owners, who are investing heavily to turn it into a major force in regional live events.”
With live spaces, including the Main Room (3,400) and Tech Room (350), a renovation which will see the addition of stand-alone venue The Long Room (300), due to be completed by the end of the year.
“As well as for live and DJ shows the venue has great potential for seated events with a capacity of more than 1,000 in various configurations,” says Blackstock.
Acts performing include Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, Skid Row and Three The Hard Way.