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Life @ Bowlers, Manchester

Bowlers, normally a leisure complex, used to be home to Life, who began holding weekly nights there back in the early 90's. This lasted for several years until Life went bust and other companies came into the frame.

Big names in the old skool world such as Timeless and Seduction took over at Bowlers running successful nights until the late 90's when it was decided that the club would now do monthly events held by Compulsion.

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The venue could hold 3-5000 people and original was held weekly from 9pm - 3am.    Resident DJs were John Waddiker, Kenny Grogan & Bowa.

Fantazia held an event at Bowlers for 4000 in 1993,  our download section includes footage.   For Photos.

Bowlers played it's last Rave event in August 2001, it was a Helter Skelter/Compulsion event. New management took over the venue, and declared no more dance events to be held @ Bowlers!!!   Apparently some guy had died a few months B4 and they were going to lose their licence.

Details of the Life Launch

Dear Life Member,

And Life @ Bowlers was born : 63kYou are one of over 3,000 members who will be receiving this newsletter.  It's importance can only be described as astronomical.  It reveals to the nation, for the first time, news that everyone has been waiting for:


A culmination of months of planning, this new venue - based in the Manchester area - is the biggest one yet.

As opposed to past concepts - that of a "nightclub theme", Life now extends the philosophy of dance to bring you the "festival theme".   The new 60,000 sq ft Leisure Centre is embellished with all manner of light fantastic and laser phenomenon and is  guaranteed one of the biggest lighting rigs in the UK.  The sound, a genuine 60k Court System - See it, feel it, hear it.  Playing the best in House, Garage and Techno, we will astound you with the massive PAs and international DJ.  The "festival theme" is reflected in our provision of a purpose built area of entertainments providing the usual and the unusual.  You know how it will be - our professionalism never fails.

As always, your Membership status entitles you to certain privileges - namely a separate Members entrance so as to prevent queuing, discounts on merchandise, regular newsletters and flyers-by-post plus reduced admission every week after the Grand Opening.  Your present 'Life@ membership card remains valid.

Life Goes on - 25th April 1992

The Very 1st Bowlers Flyer : 23 KThis is your invitation as a follower of Life.  You must be seen at this event.  PA's will include DJ Carl Cox, Welly, Toxic 2 plus the usual crew.   Enclosed is a copy of out flyer.  Cherish it.  Be there on the 25th April..... you owe it to yourself.

"This was the very 1st flyer for Life @ Bowlers.

Back in April 1992, shortly after Pleasurdrome has closed down, we needed a new venue to move the night to. We hunted around for a couple of months and finally decided on this massive leisure centre in the middle of Trafford Park, Manchester.

The Very 1st Bowlers Flyer : 17 KThis massive 60,000 SQ FT venue seemed like the perfect choice to take our 3000+ crowd (that was the Pleasuredrome) to. With a guest appearance from Carl Cox, alongside myself (DJ Welly) and Kenny Grogan, plus the quite unique MC Bibi, the night was an instant success, 4000+ clubbers continued to carry on the spirit of the Pleasuredrome. (And that is how Bowlers began.!)"   DJ WELLY


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