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Written by Jonathan Rudd
One of Yorkshire’s much-loved music venues is to finally close its doors at the end of this month. The Batley Frontier, which opened in 1967, as a Variety Club, became an important fixture of the British entertainment circuit and put the West Yorkshire town firmly on the showbiz map. Over the years, the Frontier has hosted world stars, such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones, Roy Orbison and Louis Armstrong, who were all regular performers during its heyday of the late 1960s and 70s. It then became the place where locals learned how to disco dance and party as it changed to the Frontier nightclub in the early 80s,
In more recent times, the club has suffered due to changing times and laws. The smoking ban, 24 hour pub licenses and changing habits among punters have finally led to its closure. Big, international stars were diverted away from traditional live music venues, such as the frontier, into large arenas, meaning it has struggled to attract the top names in entertainment as it once did.
The last night will be held there on Saturday 30th July, with music from the legends who used to play there, followed by a final farewell party with hits from the 1990s onwards until 4am.
The building on Bradford Road in Batley will be converted into a gymn. Revelers in the area need not despair, as there is a new nightclub opening up in August called the Terrace-bar-club, which reportedly will have the biggest laser light show in the UK, taking the town’s nightlife into the future.
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