Heaven opened in Dec 1979 by Jeremy Norman (cf Burkes Peerage) in a former roller disco venue called Global Village. Derek Frost and Norman created an entirely new form of gay club on a larger scale in the arches beneath Charing Cross railway station, once part of Adelphi Arches, a large wine-cellar for the hotel above. Heaven’s original resident DJ Ian Levine has often been credited with being one of the first DJ’s in the UK.
In 1982, Heaven was acquired from Norman by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The club was host to the seminal Troll at the Soundshaft in Heaven between 1988 and 1990. Heaven also hosted Garage on Fridays and one of London’s longest running mid-week club nights, The Fruit Machine, which ran every Wednesday between 1992 and 2008. The club was refurbished in 1998 and re-opened as a mainstream nightclub to challenge other larger nightclubs in Central London which had since appeared with the growing popularity of house music
In October 2008 MAMA Group bought Heaven and moved into the venue its Friday and Saturday night events previously hosted at The Astoria. The club plays mainly Pop music and Commercial Dance under the G-A-Y brand. MAMA group was purchased by HMV on 23 December 2009. Heaven now functions as a concert venue during the early evening before club nights.
Edited by Lastfmsupport on 5 Dec 2012, 11:22
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