Workington's nightlife was given a boost this weekend as the highly-anticipated Soup Arena opened at Derwent Park.

The first event in the newly-formed venue saw famous DJs hit the town at the home of Workington Town rugby league club to perform in an all-day show on Saturday.

The arena is a joint partnership between Town and local DJ and entrepreneur Jonny Donat.

Jonny is also the owner of successful nightclub Electric Soup and bar Canned Heat in the town centre and is excited to add the new venue to his growing portfolio.

Soup Arena’s first event saw DJs Mele and Richy Ahmed play a collection of songs at the ground, supported by local musicians.

Jonny said: “Saturday was a great way to open the arena with the new production set-up.

“It’s nice to have a little bit of normality back and to be back bringing world class DJs to the town.”

The event was restricted in numbers due to current Government coronavirus guidelines, with people having to sit in groups of six to comply with guidance.

Tickets sold out within minutes of release for the opening.

Local DJ Ryan Harris attended the event on Saturday.

He said: “It was so good to be a part of the opening of this new venue in Workington bringing more music to the town.

“It’s awesome to see such big names and legends DJing and bringing notice to a small town.”

As well, as catering to his regular audience, Jonny also hopes to cater events to a wider audience in the town.

He plans to organise Northern Soul events on top of his regular schedule to attract a wider following.

Saturday’s event is hoped to be the first of many over the summer in Workington, bringing life back into the area after what has been a very hard year for all.

The venue is also being used to host Euro 2020 matches with a big screen and local DJs performing before and after the England matches are screened.

To find out more about future events, or about the Soup Arena, follow Electric Soup on Facebook or find tickets on skiddle.