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Sankeys To Reopen Six Months After Closure

Favourite Manchester club to reopen doors this Friday

Written by . Published on December 19th 2013.

Sankeys To Reopen Six Months After Closure

SANKEYS is as much a part of Manchester’s history as that club beginning with H that the editor won't let us mention as people keep going on and on about it.

In otherwords Sankeys is an integral part of the Manchester club scene. A club that's been fighting a financial and legal battle since it announced its closure back in April and is now set to reopen.

"I'm just really happy for Manchester that Sankeys is returning to its spiritual home."

“We honestly didn't know whether the club was ever going to open again when we shut back in May,” said Sankeys director David Vincent.

“We had to overcome various major financial difficulties caused by certain elements, and even a court case to win the club back. When I said the club was closing back in April I always said the club would be shutting down indefinitely and did not know what the future held.”

“There seems to be some confusion about what the term ‘indefinitely’ means. The definition is that it is not within a definite time or clear time period. Unfortunately some people like to manipulate my words to their own stupid gains or clearly do not understand English. I'm just really happy for Manchester that Sankeys is returning to its spiritual home."

David lost us there in a labyrinth of definites and indefinites. But what we did gather was that it's reopening. Definitely.

The club’s history dates back to 1994 when it first began as Sankeys Soap before rebranding in 2006 to just Sankeys. The venue boasts a main basement room equipped with an LED light system, a smaller Spektrum room, outdoor terrace and a bar with attached cinema and even a man-made beach featuring 50 tonnes of sand.

Sankeys director David VincentSankeys director David Vincent... and a vest

When Sankeys announced their closure back in April many were dismayed to see such a Manchester clubbing institution closing down. Many speculated whether the closure was indeed a marketing ploy, which Vincent firmly denied at the time: “I have decided to close Sankeys in Manchester indefinitely this summer as I focus my attention on our third year in Ibiza,” came his firm response to such suspicions.

He did leave some clues as to a future in Manchester, coyly stating: “Who knows when we will be back in Manchester, or if we ever will be back, or what comes next in this great city that I love. All I can say right now about what happens next is, quite simply, watch this space.”

Sankeys BasementSankeys Basement

Six months later and the doors are to reopen with Friday 20 and Saturday 21 December hosting two nights of celebrations as many welcome back a favourite clubbing haunt. Each night will host eight hours of music from some of the best names in house.

In 2010 the venue claimed the 'best club in the world' title as voted for by DJ magazine readers, beating rivals such as Fabric and Ministry of Sound in London and Pacha in Ibiza.

The (re)opening weekend line-up will see old and new names from the clubbing scene such as Darius Syrossian, Andrea Olivia and former regular Lee Burridge perform, with more special guests still to be announced.

Sankeys, Radium Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6JG.

Tickets for the opening weekend are available from £15 and can be found through the Sankeys facebook page.

Website: www.sankeys.info 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialsankeys

Twitter: @sankeysclub

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 20th 2013.

Slow clap. Great, a derivative, run of the mill cash-and-grab club is coming back.

AnonymousDecember 20th 2013.

How transparent, but have to say I have fond memories of Sankeys as a 17yr old and hope it can provide an experience somewhere between the esoteric Kraak, Soup Kitchen and Islington Mill and the all conquering but bland Warehouse Project.

EddDecember 21st 2013.

Well... It's great if you don't live right next door to it ! I only found out last night about such a venue being there . I'll be awake until 6.30 for two nights a week minimum as from now . Not best pleased to say the least , thank fuck I didn't buy the place I live in or I'd be properly fucked off . I can only shudder to think what it has done to the value of the properties of those who have bought their places . What do you think , not as a club goer , I'm no stranger to getting so shit faced on sweeties I've nearly killed myself but as a resident that has to get up in the morning and earn money and as a property owner that's been there , done that ? Have fun and get wankered yes, but somewhere suitable and not residential ..... The 6.00 AM license is a start , 3.00 AM wouldn't be so bad ..... Your thoughts please .

3 Responses: Reply To This...
SquirrelitoDecember 22nd 2013.

should have done your homework. You sound as bad as the fools who moved into a newbuild slap bang at the side of the Ritz and then tried to get it shut down. Move to the country and then you can complain its too green

mancadamDecember 23rd 2013.

my thoughts are that you should probably spend some time researching the area you are moving to, and if you were too stupid to do so don't complain when your long established neighbours aren't quite to you tastes. it's entirely your own fault, suck it up or move somewhere more suitable, like a retirement home.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2013.

I too used to live opposite Sankeys and really, there was no problem. You hear a few people coming and going but nothing more than you'd expect from the city centre on a weekend. Buy some ear plugs.

LJDecember 22nd 2013.

Edd, you didn't realise when you moved in that a world famous club venue was housed next door? The area wasn't particularly residential when the club started in 1994 and it was pretty clear when it closed that it'd probably be back at some point sooner or later. Maybe do some research about the area you're moving into next time.

2 Responses: Reply To This...
paulsouthernDecember 22nd 2013.

Does my head in when people move into a buzzing city center and complain about the noise. Feck off out to somewhere quieter

LJDecember 23rd 2013.

Exactly, and I say this as a Jersey Street resident.

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