I came across The Exit on Wood Street, off Deansgate, at some point on a trip into Manchester in the early eighties: it looked so exciting and mysterious, as it was situated on a narrow street that faces on to the side of the John Rylands University Library, with all its menacing gothic splendour, and the name The Exit sounded great.
I finally went in there in 1983: it was designed to look like a medieval dungeon, so the location and the name really fitted in.
New Order – Blue Monday
There weren’t many people in but the seemingly constant playing of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’, and The Human League’s ‘Fascination’ made for a very atmospheric night as the two songs seemed made for the place. It is still an atmosphere that the two songs conjure up so vividly.
The Human League – Fascination