Sheffield Club ‘to rise from the ashes’

Bulldozer moves in on Gatecrashers
Bulldozer moves in on Gatecrashers

OWNERS of nightclub Gatecrasher said this week they were looking to relaunch in Sheffield later this year – five years after its city centre building was destroyed by fire.

The global brand is looking at various potential locations with a view to opening “the best nightclub in the world”.

More than 5,000 emails and letters of support for Gatecrasher were sent to club bosses after the club in Eyre Street was reduced to a blackened shell in June 2007 and more than 15,000 people backed plans, announced three years later, for its revival.

However, the search for a now location has not run smoothly. An application to use the building under the ‘cheesegrater’ car park off Arundel Gate – now being turned into a casino – was rejected by the council because of the predicted disturbance for people in nearby apartments.

Since then, Gatecrasher has been working with the council’s planning department to secure an alternative venue.

Managing director Simon Raine said this week: “Gatecrasher will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, defining a new decade of clubbing.”

The new site would exceed all expectations, being “bolder, bigger and a lot more cutting edge than ever before. We want to create the best nightclub in the world – that has always been our aim!

“We were devastated at the loss of the Sheffield club in 2007 and have been searching tirelessly for a location so we can return to our spiritual Sheffield home. What’s been heartening is all the support we’ve had from the city. We get emails daily asking us when we are returning to Sheffield and now it is finally a reality, with plans rapidly falling into place.”

More than 8m people went to the Sheffield club over 10 years, and it helped to forge the careers of the world’s biggest DJs. A millennium event saw Paul van Dyk perform in front of 27,000 clubbers at the Don Valley stadium and a survey found Gatecrasher was one of the main reasons that students decided to study in the city.

It asks for support and suggestions via its facebook group, http://www.facebook.com/Gatecrashertobuildsheffieldvenue.