Oceana shuts up shop – but new club set to open

Oceana night club
Oceana night club

XSCAPE has insisted nightlife in Milton Keynes will carry on despite a dispute with Oceana which forced the popular venue to move out.

The club closed its doors for the final time on Sunday morning after a typically busy Saturday night.

Oceana bosses were informed at 1pm on Monday they were to stop trading and that they had until Friday to move out, resulting in 85 members of staff losing their jobs.

Luminar Leisure, which was recently taken over by Whitbread after it went into administration, said it had been in ‘prolonged negotiations’ with Xscape to keep the club open, but talks had broken down.

A Luminar Leisure spokesman said: “Luminar has fought hard to keep Oceana open, but when prolonged negotiations with the venue landlords broke down, Luminar has had no choice but to cease trading the club at the Xscape complex.

“Oceana had some amazing events planned for the forthcoming weeks, including appearances by the likes of Tim Westwood and Trevor Nelson, as well as its weekly Jongleurs comedy nights.

“The closure of Oceana will result in the loss of 85 jobs.

“The Luminar Group would like to thank the team at Oceana for all their hard work and dedication, as well as the clubbers of Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire for helping create some truly memorable nights.”

Oceana first opened its doors to the public in 2002 at a cost of £6 million and quickly became the most popular haunt in town. In 2008, it was given a £2.5 million refurbishment.

An Xscape spokesman conformed that Oceana’s lease was due at the end of the month, but said that a new tenant had already been found.

“The lease at Oceana Xscape Milton Keynes expires on April 1. The current operator is therefore vacating the property.

“We are delighted to confirm that a new operator has signed a lease and the venue will shortly be re-opening.”