Kirkcaldy, the town that was home to Jackie O and Kitty’s, says farewell to its last nightclub
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Society in Charlotte Street has unveiled a major transformation which sees it drop the handle from its business to become an all-day venue which aims to cater to a much wider audience.
The change takes effect from today (Friday) marks a new era at the venue - and the end to the Lang Toun’s rich history of famous clubs which transcended the town and packed them in every weekend, as well as the famous Grab A Granny nights. In its heyday, Jackie O saw bus loads of clubbers travel from across Scotland, while Kitty’s created a whole new era of nights out in the 1990s. The former is now housing, the latter has been completely demolished after a devastating fire.
Bryan Reid, director at Society admits: “It’s sad that we are the last custodians of a bona fide nightclub in the town, but are really excited about the future.”
The transformation has been several months in the planning and will see Society become an all-day, seven day a week venue which aims to cater to a much wider demographic, while still keeping DJs performing into the early hours.
The venue has been given a complete make-over ahead it its launch. Out has gone the clubland furniture and dark look, and in has come a lively daytime bar and kitchen with contemporary food and all round entertainment
“Times are shifting,” said Mr Reid. “The small town late night social scene has seen a significant move in recent years, drifting away from dark nightclubs to large annual, bi-annual, one off expensive festival style major productions, gigs and concerts. The habits and financial spend of the young generation has also changed.
“Our goal is to provide people with a large relaxing, stylish, welcoming environment with great food, the best drinks, good music and entertainment coupled with a professional and attentive service. We will be a little bit of something for everyone.”Aiming at a greater age range, the venue’s music will span everything from the 1960s through the decades, only moving to more contemporary sounds on a Friday and Saturday after midnight until 3:00am. It’s a positive move for us. We are all excited at the move to a seven-day, venture,” added Mr Reid.
“The industry since COVID has become increasingly difficult for everyone. It’s all about adapting to the changes in current social habits, and providing the customer with what they want.”