Club back on the level

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A DEFUNCT club on Commercial Road has been resurrected by an ambitious owner intent on making it one of the top music venues in the region.

The former Furnace relaunched last Friday under the name level 3, the club’s original moniker before it shut and was taken over by various successive owners.

Owner Omar Khamkhame, of Baulking, near Faringdon, took over the venue four weeks ago and has already lined up big industry names which he hopes will ensure level 3’s future and longevity.

“I want to have big names and I have already lined up some but I want to keep their identity a surprise,” he said.

“The aim is to make it the main venue in Swindon and around. We want people to come from Bristol to see the bands. There is nothing like that in Swindon at the moment.”

He added: “When we launched we had more than 150 people. It was a bit of a surprise for us. It has happened very quickly. We painted the club but we are still finishing things, like polishing the floor.”

Over the year the club has known many incarnations, first as level 3 than as Furnace and briefly as Basement 73 before closing last year.

Choosing to use its most popular and well-known name, level 3, was the obvious choice, according to Omar.

“We wanted to keep the old name,” he said. “That’s what it was called years ago and that’s what people knew it as. A lot of people asked us to keep the name level 3 so we did.”

While some previous owners had marketed the club as a rock venue, Omar is hoping to welcome bands and performers in every genre, from 80s pop to House DJs.

“We want to play every kind of music,” he added. “We just want to bring something different to Swindon, attract people to the town, and that’s how we are going to make it a permanent feature. ”

More than 150 people attended the launch of Level 3 on Friday to see DJ Darren Dust perform.

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8:39am Fri 23 May 14

Hearditallbefore says...

Good luck to all concerned.
Good luck to all concerned. Hearditallbefore
  • Score: 5

11:03am Fri 23 May 14

speaker2 says...

Adver say's
More than 150 people attended the launch of Level 3 on Friday

Really where did you get that number from, Considering that as a local paper you had no idea that the club reopened last Friday night, you can not even get the fact correct.
Marion Sauvebois do us a favour and do some research before you write something that is completely untrue
Adver say's More than 150 people attended the launch of Level 3 on Friday Really where did you get that number from, Considering that as a local paper you had no idea that the club reopened last Friday night, you can not even get the fact correct. Marion Sauvebois do us a favour and do some research before you write something that is completely untrue speaker2
  • Score: -2

7:10pm Fri 23 May 14

Dust says...

^ Bit of an unnecessarily rude comment to make. Yep, it was the Saturday night that had over 150 people in but does it really matter to the average Adver reader? :(
^ Bit of an unnecessarily rude comment to make. Yep, it was the Saturday night that had over 150 people in but does it really matter to the average Adver reader? :( Dust
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Fri 23 May 14

therocker says...

I agree with Speaker2, with shoddy reporting such as this we should all go up to the offices in Old Town and burn the building down. Okay so they got the day wrong but I'm sure that it sounds better writing up the Saturdays good turn out as the launch night than highlighting the 3 and a half people who turned up to watch the metal bands on Friday.
I agree with Speaker2, with shoddy reporting such as this we should all go up to the offices in Old Town and burn the building down. Okay so they got the day wrong but I'm sure that it sounds better writing up the Saturdays good turn out as the launch night than highlighting the 3 and a half people who turned up to watch the metal bands on Friday. therocker
  • Score: 2

8:16am Sat 24 May 14

leafy1 says...

I hope Level 3 is a roaring success Omar, and it's so nice not to see that Randford fella in the pic....I bet he had his eyes on it.
I hope Level 3 is a roaring success Omar, and it's so nice not to see that Randford fella in the pic....I bet he had his eyes on it. leafy1
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Sun 25 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Brilliant, so happy to see the building being used for purpose and back to its proper name.
Never a bad night in Level 3
Brilliant, so happy to see the building being used for purpose and back to its proper name. Never a bad night in Level 3 Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Sun 25 May 14

Wildwestener says...

Yep Good luck, many happy memories of the venue back in the day. Hope it's a massive success.
Yep Good luck, many happy memories of the venue back in the day. Hope it's a massive success. Wildwestener
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Sun 25 May 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

speaker2 wrote:
Adver say's
More than 150 people attended the launch of Level 3 on Friday

Really where did you get that number from, Considering that as a local paper you had no idea that the club reopened last Friday night, you can not even get the fact correct.
Marion Sauvebois do us a favour and do some research before you write something that is completely untrue
wow,
The phrase what are you actually angry about comes to mind.

Never mind hope the numbers stay up and Level 3 can go back to former glories.
Best of luck to all involved.
[quote][p][bold]speaker2[/bold] wrote: Adver say's More than 150 people attended the launch of Level 3 on Friday Really where did you get that number from, Considering that as a local paper you had no idea that the club reopened last Friday night, you can not even get the fact correct. Marion Sauvebois do us a favour and do some research before you write something that is completely untrue[/p][/quote]wow, The phrase what are you actually angry about comes to mind. Never mind hope the numbers stay up and Level 3 can go back to former glories. Best of luck to all involved. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 3

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