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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Manchester dance club Sankeys closed down after property deal struck

Daft Punk guested as DJs at the venue
Daft Punk guested as DJs at the venue

Legendary Manchester dance club Sankeys has been closed down after the venue was sold to property developers.

The clubbing venue, going on in one form or another for two decades, shut on Thursday with the club releasing the news on social media.

Its home at the Beehive Mill in Ancoats on the edge of the city centre, is to be turned into apartments, along with on-going gentrification of the local area.

The news has been met with dismay on social media by clubbers, with club nights scheduled for this weekend now cancelled.

The Grade II* listed former mill had been listed for sale with Savills UK and has reportedly been sold to a property developer with plans to turn it into flats.

Its dark, grungy basement regularly saw thousands of ravers enjoy club nights at the venue, with household names including Daft Punk, Moby, Bjork, and The Chemical Brothers, all having played DJ sets at Sankeys.

A message on the club's Facebook page said the building had been sold and the venue was closing.

It read: "Yesterday the news broke the doors at Sankeys Manchester would be closed with immediate effect.

"We have been in negotiations with the property management agents of Beehive Mill for some time with regards to the lease for Sankeys and with that, it has become apparent that the reason that they haven't issued a new agreement is due to the fact that the entire building has been sold to a residential property developer who intends to turn it into apartments.

"With that it is with great regret and with a very heavy heart, we must close Sankeys Manchester with immediate effect.

"When you look around Ancoats you'll see new apartment blocks and new developments throughout the area, we have done well to fend off the developers for so long."

Sankeys said despite the closure the "brand" was "on the up" with other Sankeys club nights running in other UK cities and Ibiza, and options being looked at for another venue in Manchester.

The Sankeys club brand has closed and re-opened before.

Thousands took to Twitter and Facebook to lament the closure of the venue.

Chase & Status tweeted: "Terrible, terrible news that they're closing @Sankeys_Mcr for good to make way for flats :( Can this be stopped? It's a legendary venue.."

Callum Andrews said: "Can't believe the #Manchester institution that is @Sankeys_Mcr has closed for good. People who will never experience it will never know ???"

Jess Lowe wrote: "RIP @Sankeys_Mcr and all the jaws that were lost."

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