CLUBBERS can breathe a sigh of relief as a re-opening date has been set for a threatened nightclub.

Atik, in High Street, Colchester, was taken over by Epic Bars and Clubs last month and closed immediately while its new owners embarked on a £600,000 refurbishment which is well underway.

Company bosses have now announced the nightclub will re-open to clubbers next month under a new guise – Trilogy.

A launch weekend will be held on October 20 and 21 at the nightclub, which will be home to three brand-new rooms and promises to offer partygoers “unforgettable moments”.

Gazette: Venue - the former Atik nightclub in High Street, ColchesterVenue - the former Atik nightclub in High Street, Colchester (Image: Newsquest)

What is Trilogy?

The growing nightlife chain already has 15 sites across the UK, and the Trilogy brand can be spotted up and down the UK in locations stretching from Bangor to Blackpool.

It also owns Labyrinth and Botanic brands and prides itself on offering safe and enjoyable nights out.

The announcement of the new brand follows what has been a turbulent few months for the iconic venue, which was originally known as the Hippodrome.

Atik bosses announced the huge club would be closing its doors earlier this year, but a last-minute U-turn by bosses saw the venue remain open while discussions over its future continued.

Epic Bars and Clubs’ chief executive Mark Shorting said the takeover had been “months in the making”.

Venue manager James McKeown said excitement is starting to build with the relaunch just around the corner.

Gazette: Nightclub boss - James McKeownNightclub boss - James McKeown (Image: James McKeown)

He added: “I remember this venue back when it was the Hippodrome so to be taking it forward with a new lease of life means a lot to me.”

Colchester councillor Sam McLean was delighted to learn the club will re-open after a period of uncertainty.

“The re-opening is a testament to the resilience of Colchester’s nightclub scene and the unwavering spirit of Colchester’s clubbing community that attracts these venues,” he said.

Gazette: Excited - Colchester councillor Sam McLeanExcited - Colchester councillor Sam McLean (Image: Newsquest)

With a cheeky grin on his face, Sam, who is also Labour’s shadow cabinet member for local economy, added: “I will no doubt be there on a night out when the club re-opens. I'm not such a bad dancer!”

Tickets are on sale now for the launch weekend at