Legendary Sheffield nightclub Niche applies to extend hours ahead of long-awaited reopening

Niche nightclub's new home under the Wicker Arches, in Walker Street, Sheffield

Niche nightclub's new home under the Wicker Arches, in Walker Street, Sheffield

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The famous Sheffield nightclub Niche has applied to extend its opening hours until 5am as it prepares to reopen this month.

The legendary nightspot is due to be relaunched on Saturday, January 28 at its new venue under the Wicker Arches - more than a decade after its old home in Sidney Street closed.

Niche nightclub's old home in Sidney Street, Sheffield

Niche nightclub's old home in Sidney Street, Sheffield

The club's opening night sold out in just three minutes and tickets for a second event the following Saturday were snapped up in a couple of hours, according to the Niche Facebook page.

Owner Steve Baxendale, who ran Niche before its closure in 2005, told The Star in November how he wanted to bring back the 'bassline' sound pioneered by club, with some of its best-known DJs set to return.

A licensing application for Niche details plans to extend the opening hours from 4am to 5am at the venue in Walker Street, which was formerly home to Arch 9, with alcohol to be on sale until 4.30am.

It also requests the lifting of a stipulation that police must be given seven days' written notice of any plans to open the premises open beyond midnight on a weekday.

However, it sets out a raft of proposed new conditions, including the need for at least two bouncers with body-worn cameras at all times and for a scanner to record clubbers' identity documents.

The licensing application, which is yet to be approved, was submitted to Sheffield Council at the beginning of last month, and the deadline for representations passed on December 29.

Mr Baxendale, who lives in Bangkok and also runs Sheffield’s Tank nightclub in Arundel Street, previously told The Star the revived Niche would open on alternate Saturdays and would be aimed at a 'discerning' crowd made up largely of older Niche 'aficionados'.

Niche opened in 1992 but was closed in 2005 after a police raid. News of its reopening, via the attention grabbing Facebook post 'The beast called NICHE is awakening', generated huge public interest in November.

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