Inside Vox Box – Hull’s first private karaoke venue in the former Tofts nightclub

Hull will have its first private karaoke venue when Vox Box opens in Newland Avenue, Hull Live can reveal.

The exciting new business will be located in the former Tofts nightclub.

It promises to be the city’s “first private karaoke room”, meaning you won’t have to endure the tradition of singing in front of strangers when you visit.

Read more: Tofts’ post-shutdown update raises more questions than answers

The venue will offer six separate private karaoke rooms that can accommodate 2 to 30 people in each room, as well as a large bar downstairs that will host live entertainment.

Guests are promised the “Rockstar treatment” and will only be referred to by their “group name”, chosen prior to arrival.

Upon entering one of the private suites, you have the choice of over 80,000 different tracks to perform karaoke, which guests select on an iPad.

There are six private karaoke suites with big-screen HD TVs, where guests can choose from 80,000 songs.

A wide range of drinks, including beers from local breweries, can also be ordered via the tablet system, so that no performance is interrupted by staff coming to take orders.

Just like real Rockstars, guests can select their “rider” when booking, whether it’s retro candy, popcorn or chips, and these will be replenished for you throughout your stay. session.

The venue has yet to open and no official date has yet been confirmed, but owners Matt Elms and Jack Mangan aim to open Vox Box’s doors towards the end of April.

Guests can choose from a huge list of tracks via an iPad on a Spotify-style system.
Guests can choose from a huge list of tracks via an iPad on a Spotify-style system.

He said: “We just owned ‘Escape Room Hull’ and what we learned from that was that people like to have fun.

“We really want to bring a bit of drama to the karaoke experience and treat our guests like a real band about to have a show night.

“Vox Box reinvents karaoke as you know it. You no longer have to sing along in front of a bunch of strangers, straining to stare at a tiny screen with a crackling microphone and software that belongs in the 90s.

“We’re keen to enhance the elements people love about karaoke – a wide selection of songs, private spaces for every occasion and group size, and plenty of room to dance.”

Vox Box has teamed up with local artists and breweries to create the venue's decor and drink menu.
Vox Box has teamed up with local artists and breweries to create the venue’s decor and drink menu.

On top of that, Matt said how important it was to him and Jack to also support local businesses in Hull.

They teamed up with Atom Beers, which has a brewery in Hull, to add new beers to their menu and commissioned an artist from Hull to make all of their neon signs.

He said: “Catering for everyone is also essential, so one of our karaoke rooms is downstairs, to make it accessible for people with disabilities, and we have adapted our drinks menu to include four non-alcoholic beers. and a huge range of soft drinks, because nights out shouldn’t just be about booze.”

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Tofts Lane at 64-70 Newland Avenue, Hull, has not reopened after the first lockdown in 2020.

The club was a Hull favorite for some time, but Vox Box owners say they expect a very different vibe.

The karaoke place will be open on weekends and plans to open within the week.

Due to the student district, Vox Box seeks to offer student offers, to attract certain young people.

However, Vox Box is primarily for “anyone who wants to come in for a drink and a bit of entertainment”.

For more information on opening, be sure to check out their website.

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