Norwich bar Rocco’s to relaunch as new club Bished

An archive picture of Rocco's Bar on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, which will reopen as a new club

An archive picture of Rocco's Bar on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, which will reopen as a new club and bar called Bished Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

A favourite hot spot for Norwich clubbers is set to reopen with a new theme this summer. The Prince of Wales Road unit which was previously home to Rocco's will relaunch as a club and bar named Bished in August.

Owners of the club aim to maximise on the successes of the Playground event at neighbouring club Mercy, and will host a series of circus and street art events every night.

Ibish Peri is the owner of the venue chain Code Red Promotions, which runs Mercy, Flaunt, Lace, and the former Rocco's.

Mr Peri, 34, said: 'People would be queuing out of the doors for the playground event at Mercy, so when we relaunched this venue we wanted to bring that to Norwich every night of the week.

'People don't just want a night out anymore, they want an experience. So we're giving that to them. We'll have pyrotechnics, street performers, freak shows, confetti canons, everything.

'We'll have a stage for performers with two monster LED screens either side of it, as well as two confetti canons.'

Rocco's, as well as the other clubs in the chain, shut in February due to a legal dispute with the Norwich City Council.

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However in May the business reached a settlement with the council, paying in excess of £200,000 for unpaid business rates.

Mr Peri continued: 'The unofficial launch of Bished will be on August 9, which will be by invite only. And then on August 10 we'll be opening to the public. I think it's going to reach full capacity.

'I'm so excited. We're still in the planning but currently we're looking to open six, if not seven nights a week.'

The business owner would not disclose the cost of relaunching the club.

He continued: 'We're really looking forward to relaunching Mercy as well, but we're still not certain on what date that will be.

'You just have to look at our Facebook site to see people saying they can't wait for it to come back and reopen again.

'Other people when they saw our news that we'd be relaunching a club commented that they'll finally come back to Norwich again.

'We draw crowds not only from across Norfolk, but from across the country.'