EXCLUSIVE: XL Nightclub to reopen as brand-new venue BPM overseen by Susan Buckley and Stuart Black
(The former XL Nightclub)
Over the last few weeks, XL Nightclub has moved many of its weekly events to its Rosebud Lounge as the gay megaclub’s interiors have undergone a series of design enhancements. Now, Next Magazine can exclusively report that more than just the club's sound system and seating areas are getting a reboot.
On February 14, the former XL Nightclub will be reopening with a completely new identity. The new name of the venue will be BPM, and Susan Buckley, who has worked with ownership as the brainchild behind the relaunch, and nightlife favorite Stuart Black—best known for mr. Black—will oversee the venture, which they say will remain a gay club. International DJ Danny Verde will spin the grand opening lauching the new weekly party Click Fridays and kicking off BPM's Valentine's Day Unzipped weekend on the 14th, as David Morales mans the booth the following night for a “Keep on Dancin” benefit for GMHC, Lifebeat and Area.
The club's new logo
“Before we began the renovations we had decided to rebrand and come out with a whole new program,” explains Buckley of the soon-to-open reimagined space. “Everything is completely new. New name, new identity, new roster of exclusive talent, new management and new promotion. It’s all new.” BPM will even have a new address, 516 W 42nd St, while Rosebud, the lounge space in front of the club, will remain at 512 W 42nd St.
In addition to the new name, BPM will have a redesigned main level easy access coat check to address patron's frequent complaints, enhanced lighting and sound systems, and improved V.I.P. spaces. There will also be new "on-the-dance floor," 360 degree premium seating. Many of the nights will be completely overhauled as well. DJs Wayne G, Steven Redant, Chad Jack, Mike Cruz and Serving Ovahness are on deck for upcoming appearances.
"We're planning to host major live acts, cabaret shows and performers at BPM," explains Buckley. "Hot Mess will continue to have a home here as will a weekly college Tuesday party at Rosebud in addition to an all new naughty made-for-men party called Click Fridays."
The 14,000 square foot venue will also be partnering with some big names in the coming weeks as well. Tony Moran will be producing major events in the coming year, and Ultra Nate who will be producing an industry party to the venue, not to mention that The Out NYC is the official host hotel of this year's Black Party.
"At its heart, BPM (Beats Per Minute) was created to be a home away from home for the world's top DJs," Buckley says. "We have the best dance floor and sound system in New York and now will have the best talent to match."
This post has been updated throughout.