It’s true, legendary Manchester nightclub Sankeys has announced it has closed after the building which housed it has been sold.
The news first broke when Sankeys announced on their Facebook and Twitter accounts on 12 January of its closure. “As many of you have seen over the last hour over social media”, the club began writing. “We have been forced to close due circumstances completely out of our control. We will be releasing a full statement in the morning to explain what has happened. We love you all and thank you for your amazing and kind words”.
Local reports claimed that the building it’s based in, the Beehive Mill, is being sold by its Japanese owners to property developers who want to turn it into apartments.
The managing director of Radius Security, Tony Hill, who is understood to have been helping to manage Sankeys for around five months, told local media that “Sankeys as a brand will live on”.
Mr Hill cited that the nightclub still has a license to hold events and possibly might relocate to another venue. Although there is nothing confirming the latter, it gives hope for lovers of the partying hotspot for Mancunians.
The hashtag #RIPSankeys on social media immediately made its rounds, with many sharing their fondest memories of the place.
Happy Mondays singer Rowetta tweeted, “Some of my favourite nights & loads of great memories in my head from before we photographed everything #RIPSankeys”.
After opening inside Beehive Mill in 1994, Sankeys was once called Sankeys Soap – a nod to the building’s past as a soap factory. The nightclub was rebranded Sankeys in 2006. Daft Punk, New Order, Bjork, Moby and The Chemical Brothers have all played sets there over the years.
Sankeys now runs its own Ibiza-based spin-off and briefly had a New York City outpost too.