Cruz 101 is one of Manchester's longest-running venues, and one of the UK's longest-running gay clubs. It's part of the vibrant Manchester Gay Village and often wins local awards for being a favourite among the city's gay venues. The nightclub was formerly a shipping warehouse; a product of Manchester's contribution to the Industrial Revolution. It was transformed into a club in 1992, and began making waves across the UK's clubbing scene. It was the first club to be allowed to offer membership on the door, as opposed to having to wait for a 'pending period' for membership to go through. This paved the way for other clubs across the country to follow suit. Today, clubbers are not just regular clientele or members of Manchester's gay community. Many people enjoy Cruz 101's fun selection of music, it's history of attracting many top performers over the years (Take That, Graham Norton, Lily Savage) and its fantastic themed events.