'We gave it a good send off!' DJ Schak explains why he wanted to stage a rave inside Wet 'n' Wild

A DJ who was arrested after holding a rave inside Wet 'n' Wild said he wanted to play inside the "iconic" venue before it is potentially demolished.

Shakeil Luciano, known as Schak, and a group of his friends entered the former water park in North Shields, North Tyneside, which has been closed since 2019, on Wednesday night.

They climbed to the top of the Kamikaze slide, where they held a rave for around 45 minutes. The 32-year-old said that between 12 and 15 people entered the building while others filmed content from the outside.

When the police arrived at the scene, they were unable to get inside and contacted the fire service. Schak and the others communicated with them by phone and told them they would come back out.

DJ Schak inside Wet 'n' Wild in North Shields
DJ Schak inside Wet 'n' Wild in North Shields -Credit:Chronicle Live

Schak said officers arrested the three people which the equipment belonged to, including himself, on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. He said they were taken to a police station and interviewed before being released with no further action.

The DJ, who lives in North Shields, said: "We did it right at the top where the Kamikaze and the Black Hole is. We got the sunset, the sun was shining through the glass at the top and it was really nice. I played a mixture of my music and I finished off with some makina. I think it's probably the first time makina has been played in there!

"The police said 'You need to come down now'. All of the officers who dealt with it were really kind and understanding. They could see the positives in it and saw it for what it was, rather than some grey area. They gave us our equipment back."

Wet 'n' Wild indoor water park has been closed for the last five years
Wet 'n' Wild indoor water park has been closed for the last five years -Credit:Mirrorpix

Schak hit the big time in 2022 with his first song Moving All Around (Jumpin') [feat. Kim English] after being signed by DJ Patrick Topping's label Trick.

At the time, he promoted his single by spinning decks on a double decker bus, the Metro, the Shields Ferry, outside of St James' Park and inside a showroom kitchen at B&Q in North Shields.

He was asked by the owners of Newcastle United to play inside St James' Park ahead of the the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton in January 2023, which the Magpies won 2-1.

Schak was invited back to the stadium to play ahead of England's sold-out friendly against Bosnia last month. He also held a late night rave inside the Greggs store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle in May.

Schak said he had always wanted to DJ inside Wet 'n' Wild and believed it could be his last opportunity to do so, following its sale to a local developer.

DJ Schak performs for the fans at St James' Park
DJ Schak performs for the fans at St James' Park -Credit:PA

He said: "Everybody loved it because it's mad, it's iconic and it's in Wet and Wild! I have never saw anybody do a rave in an abandoned water park and it's in North Shields, where I'm from. It's iconic - everyone has been to Wet 'n' Wild!

"It's just another cool place. It has to fit like a certain vibe. I couldn't just do a rave at the Angel of the North, it just wouldn't work. It's just been sold and it's either going to be done up or torn down, so it was a race against time. It's just dilapidated now, there's lots of dust but there's no water in it. It's all dried up.

"I was grateful that I was able to do it and make history. We gave it a good send off! The police weren't very happy about it. I said 'We're sorry for the resources that came and I didn't think it would happen as I have done this many times. I have never ever had trouble off the council or the police'.

"They were cool about it and really understanding. It was just a bit of fun - no one got hurt."

Schak released his first single in 2022
Schak released his first single in 2022 -Credit:Chronicle Live

Over the last two years, Schak has been enjoying success across the world. He has spun the decks with Calvin Harris in Ibiza, performed at Creamfields music festival and completed a tour of America.

This summer, he will be playing at TrickFest in Newcastle as well as in Ibiza, Ayia Napa, Malia, Magaluf, Zante and Kavos. He also has plans to complete another tour of the US.

Despite this, he continues to hold raves at different locations across Tyneside. He said: "I'm paying homage to where I come from. I'm very, very proud to come from where I do.

"It's been an absolute whirlwind. I have been able to travel to places in the world I've never seen before and meet many amazing people - and it's a by-product of doing what I love.

"Everyday I count my blessings for being in the position I am. I'm fulfilling the dream which I've always dreamt of. I'm eternally grateful for every single person that listens to my music."

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "Shortly after 9pm yesterday [Wednesday], we responded to a report of a disturbance at a disused premises on Rotary Way in North Shields. Officers attended and a small number of people had gathered to listen to music.

"Three men - aged 23, 32 and 33 - were interviewed in connection with the disturbance but have since been released with no further action to be taken."