Goodbye Cloud Nine . . . hello Club 263
BULAWAYO’s night life will never be the same again as almost each week, a new nightclub is opening.
First to open was strip club — Private Lounge then upmarket bar, Copa Cubana which was followed a week later by BAC. And now, yet another club — Club 263 — will be opening shop next week in the city centre.
Located where the now defunct Cloud Nine was, Club 263 which is being refurbished promises to change the game in the city as it opens at 10AM daily, closing at 2AM. An array of food will be served there.
A three-day party has already been lined up to usher in the new joint. Ladies will be the main attraction as the club opens with a Ladies’ Night next week Thursday. A lot of freebies including Brazilian weaves, cellphones, deodorants and lingerie will be given away to the best dressed ladies on a night where entertainment will be provided by the club’s resident DJs, Emitty Smooth and Mellow T who will be assisted by hosts Obama, Sharon D and Queen.
A day after, Mutare’s DVJ Dreazy, Botswana-based DJ Styles and Bulawayo DJs Nospa, Slimzah, Kead Wikead, Liz, Slamma and Crazy Black will take care of business at what has been dubbed “The longest DJ marathon”.
“At the marathon, the DJs will play non-stop until the next day. It’s not a battle but they’ll be on rotation. Their slots will be short and precise,” said the club’s spokesperson Zenzele Ndebele.
Completing the line-up on Friday is one of the country’s top producers, Oskid as well as Harare DJs Fujee and Garry B.
Closing off the three-day party next week Saturday is Harare’s DJ Rax who will be a special guest. He will be joined for “Saturday Night’s Party Cruise” by the DJs who will have impressed on Friday.
“Those DJs who will have wowed the crowd on Friday will be given another opportunity to rock the club with Rax on Saturday as we want people to always be on a high level,” said Ndebele.
He said the club’s target market was the middle class, especially women who have not been accommodated by most clubs in the city.
With a “Get used to choice” tagline, Club 263 is an urban club where lifestyle and fashion are of great importance.
Ndebele said they had settled for the Club 263 trade name as they intend to spread the club’s wings to other parts of the country.
“Bulawayo will be the first to have a Club 263 as we intend to take the brand to places like Zvishavane, Gweru, Victoria Falls and Harare among other parts,” he said.
Work in progress . . . Club 263 painters working on the new joint