A CLUB is hoping to be crowned the best in Britain.

The Arch, in King’s Road Arches on Brighton seafront, has been nominated for the best club venue in the country by ticket seller Skiddle.

The club will compete against venues in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham for the honour.

Damian Fell, manager of The Arch, called on the whole city to get behind the club and vote online.

“When we win, the city wins, so we hope that everyone will get behind us,” he said. We’re not a franchise, we’re just a load of music heads who love what we do and want to make as good a night as possible.”

Mr Fell, 36, said Brighton’s nightclub scene was thriving.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the good old days of going out in Brighton,” he said.

“I’m 36 myself so it’s easy to say things were better before. But young people here are spoilt for choice.

“There are so many clubs here in the city bringing top DJs in.

“We’re competing with other clubs in Liverpool and Manchester that are much bigger than us.”

The popular club was originally known as the The Zap in the 80s and 90s.

Renowned dance acts including the Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and Brighton’s own Fatboy Slim all performed at the venue in its early days.

In recent years it has been renamed Digital and Coliseum before finally becoming The Arch four years ago.

Superstar DJ Pete Tong has featured at the club, as well as grime stars AJ Tracey and Wiley.

Manager Mr Fell, who took over this year, said the club had grown in popularity in a short space of time.

“We’re doing different types of events now,” he said.

“We’ve got student nights midweek, as well as weekend nights where it’s bass-driven – Wilkinson, Chase and Status, and so on.

“We’ve been nominated for awards from all sorts, including DJ Mag.”

The Arch, which is near the Brighton Centre, will compete against clubs across the country for the “Best Club Venue” gong.

Competitors include Hidden and Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, 24 Kitchen Street in Liverpool, and Motion in Bristol.

The competition will close on Monday before the winner is announced on September 12 at an awards evening in Manchester.

To vote for The Arch, visit bit.ly/2ZdnIQ1.