Long time readers of this blog may no doubt remember that I reported that that ‘Cheekees’, formerly The Exchange and, more recently ‘Diamonds and Denims’ had shut for good…
I first got a very vague interest in “The Exchange” (back in the day) , when I heard that Quentin Tarantino had gone there one night in the 1990’s ( probably about 1994). Tarantino… in my town? In a club in my town? Wow!
Well, a little bird has told me (this week) that Cheekees / Exchange is gonna re-open in the not too distant future as a live-music venue… wow! Apparently, the venue may be called something like ‘Sticky Fungus’ and has the general support and approval of the local authority, police and businesses.
The venue may well be opening soon- watch this space for more details HOT OFF THE PRESS!!
This is just what the town needs- it was such a pity that we lost the Town Hall Arts Centre. We wish the new ‘owners’ of the Exchange good luck in this worthwhile enterprise…
this is from a facebook page
Hi there – a date for your diaries. The Old Telephone Exchange (and previously Cheekies) has been taken over by a couple of sincere, music-loving guys who are creating Staines’ premier live music venue. Think It will be £7 admission. There will be 3 great bands playing (Miss Pink Shoes and Beat 6 have confirmed). The 3rd act will be either Suzerain, or The Sketch.
Drinks will be around a very reasonable £2.75 mark (50p cheaper than most pubs/venues in the area). There will be food available.
There will be a gaming area (Nintendo Wii, pinball, retro machines incl Space Invaders Pacman), 8 foot video screens (so can see the band from many vantage points), a £50 000 sound system and many great people (including your good self we hope!!)
From Whispers about Cheekees / The Exchange, 2008/11/10 at 10:07 PM
Lee Homan and Andrew Peters had a dream…To create a live music venue where people could have fun in a safe, friendly environment. After much searching (of prospective venues and souls), they came across an unlikely candidate in the form of The Old Telephone Exchange (at the back of the High St…formerly Cheekees Nightclub and worse still Diamonds and Denims Gentlemen’s Club. Well, they were overcome with the size and scope of the place but this was to be the antithesis to these former incarnations, with the emphasis on LIVE MUSIC (rock/indie/jazz/rhythm and blues/punk/metal…) as opposed to someone spinning a CD (‘Rollover DJ’ by Jet comes to mind!!) I.E. Real people playing instruments!!!