FOLLOWING news in the Daily Echo that Oceana Southampton will close and move its night events to Switch Southampton, we look at when the club first arrived on the local scene.

The £7m superclub transformed Southampton's nightlife when it opened its doors to the public for the first time almost 13 years ago.

The venue, which promised revellers would have a "world in one night" experience, was one of the biggest clubs in Europe with a capacity of 4,000.

These pictures were taken during the opening night of July 16, 2008.

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Saints footballers, models and thousands of the city's partygoers danced the night away in the five bars, two nightclubs and swanky VIP area inside Leisure World.

Entertainment included stars of Britain's Got Talent Signature, a bongo band, ballerinas and Coyote Ugly-style dancers.Daily Echo:

The venue's bars were based around cities and countries including Milan, Monte Carlo, Tahiti and Louisiana, while clubbers were transported to a 1970s New York Disco or cool Reykjavik Icehouse.

Central Square - complete with a raised stage for visiting acts - was the focal point of the ground floor and connected the four bars.

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