The legendary Big Ben nightclub in Golmés, in Pla d'Urgell (Lleida) will reopen at the end of 2024. This has been announced by the new owners, the Búnker firm, who already have different restaurant and leisure establishments in the area. .
The complex, with capacity for 5,000 people, will be launched again in phases and during the first half of the year the cafeteria and restaurant will open.
In May it is planned to open the outdoor tents, where vegetation cleaning work was already being carried out this Tuesday.
Big Ben was a nightclub in Ponent and Catalonia, but changes in trends in nightlife and the lack of customers led to its closure in July 2015. Now it will open about 15 sessions a year in which it wants to maintain its “essence.” ”.
The representative of the Búnker restaurant, Romina Andrioli, explained that the purchase operation of the Big Ben nightclub began in 2019 and that it has dragged on for all these years due to various bureaucratic obstacles.
Romina Andrioli has highlighted that they have managed to take over the "crown jewel" of the area and now they hope to recover the spirit that for so many years placed it as a benchmark for nightlife.
Andrioli has not specified the final amount they have paid for the complex nor the amount of money they plan to allocate; the facility was for sale for 1.3 million euros.
The nightclub plans to organize 15 sessions a year, for specific dates such as the Christmas, Carnival or Castañada parties.
Theme parties will be held for different generations. The plan is to once again schedule performances by renowned international artists. They also want to recover elements that were well remembered, such as the famous lamp on the center court that had movements. All this accompanied by digital technology.
In this sense, the head of the company that will be in charge of carrying out the renovation, Esteve Niubó, has explained that despite the years it has been closed, the building is in good condition to reopen. It will be necessary to adapt it to current security regulations and carry out the appropriate renovations to be operational as well as replace all the elements that have been stolen.
The mayor of Golmés, Jordi Calvís, has highlighted that when the complex closed in July 2015, the council insisted to the bank on the need for permanent surveillance to prevent the building from becoming degraded or even activities. This, as he has said, has allowed a minimum conservation that now supports the reopening.