Quadrant Park (Liverpool)


Quadrant Park was a nightclub in Liverpool, UK during the early 1990s. It was well known in the area and managed to attract a few famous guest DJs. The main styles of music played were Italo house, rave and acid house.

The nightclub was located on Derby Road in Bootle, north of the city of Liverpool, in a converted warehouse. Originally opened in the late 1980s as a snooker hall and mainstream nightclub, there was also a market in the downstairs warehouse area, and the upstairs contained a small social club (the Harlequin Suite) which could be hired out for social occasions. The popular TV Programme The Hit Man and Her regularly broadcast from the main nightclub, and it was also a venue for acts such as Jason Donovan.

The building was originally an Owen Owen warehouse, which was purchased by steel magnate James Spencer in the late 1980s to convert into a nightclub and snooker hall. A "Heritage Market" was opened shortly after to make use of the large unused lower floor space at the rear. After the Sunday market trade had moved to a nearby dock warehouse (Stanley Market), Quadrant Park started holding all night raves in the then-vacant space. Quadrant Park's main period of activity began in early January 1990 and survived until 31 December 1991, despite considerable and persistent licensing issues and unfavourable media attention in newspapers.

Mike Knowler was the initial resident DJ, and soon invited DJ partner Andy Carroll to join him. Carroll and Knowler had previously helped bring acid house music to the city of Liverpool, DJ-ing at the The State nightclub in Dale Street. Guest DJs at Quadrant Park included Laurent Garnier, Derrick May, Frankie Bones, and Sasha. When the all-nighter opened,{November 1990} John Kelly, James Barton and Gary J joined the resident DJ crew. A loop-hole in a Sefton council licencing law enabled Quadrant Park to be the only legal all-night rave in the UK.Template:Jocks magazine December 1990 Some party goers would travel long distances to get to the venue; from London, Glasgow, Birmingham and even as far away as Aberdeen. Everyone of a certain age in Liverpool went there, even those slightly under the legal drinking age. Not much drinking went on there. The building has since been demolished and has been replaced with a waste recycling centre.