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Phoenix from the ashes – Wolverhampton’s premier entertainment venue is back after blaze

Wolverhampton’s multi-purpose entertainment venue Starworks Warehouse is back this month with a vengeance just weeks after a blaze threatened its’ future.

The giant warehouse on Frederick Street will host three enormous events over coming weeks after being given the go ahead by fire safety officers.

During the blaze on May 16 more than 40 firefighters tackled flames and thick choking smoke but were able to contain the fire before it spread to the main event warehouse.

They were however, despite their best efforts, unable to prevent major damage to the newly refurbished 1883 Lounge which was due to open in just a few weeks’ time after months of painstaking restoration.

Today however the team behind Starworks – led by entrepreneur Neil Kettleborough and fellow director Wayne Scott-Fox – insisted it was back to business with thousands expected to flock over the summer.

Neil said: “Everyone assumed after the fire that our whole site was ashes and we would be months away from reopening but thankfully the fire was contained to just the VIP room and offices above and the main arena was smoke logged but otherwise unaffected.

“Now we have the go ahead go to reopen the arena and will bounce back bigger and better than ever starting with our Pure Garage event on Saturday June 30 featuring DJ Luck and MC Neat and Oxide and Neutrino.

“We then welcome England World Cup legend Paul Gazza Gascoigne for an evening of entertainment on Friday July 20 and his stories of his exploits on and off the pitch.

“Saturday July 21 sees us host the Wolverhampton Reggae Festival with some of the legendary names In reggae including 3 The Hard Way and Macka B as well a host of all food and flavours of Jamaica.”

Last month’s fire could not have come at a worse time for the Frederick Street venue which had just hosted Wolves Premier League promotion winning side’s after party at an event which saw manager Nuno Espírito Santo and his boys joined by more than 2,500 fans.

The event raised £3,000 which was split between skipper Danny Batth’s Foundation DB charity and Cure Leukaemia in tribute to the Wolves’ keeper Carl Ikeme who is currently battling the condition.

The fire has also stalled the opening of the new VIP bar severely damaging the newly laid flooring, windows, and ceilings which had been lovingly restored over the last few months to restore the Grade II listed building to its’ former glory.

Starworks started life as the home of the Star Motor Car – one of the first mass production car companies in the UK. In 1887 it joined forces with Benz – the forerunner of Mercedes Benz building cars in a warehouse scaling more than 40,000 square feet.

Numerous other businesses came and went over the years including turning the main hall into a furniture warehouse before the venue became Starworks and a warehouse rave venue in 2016.