RETRO: The great nights spent in Bed nightclub

The Locarno building on London Road, before its recent restoration.
The Locarno building on London Road, before its recent restoration.
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It’s a location that has played host to countless number of memorable nights over the years: a club that has, at various times, been known as Kingdom, The Locarno, Tiffany’s, The Music Factory and Vickers.

But it was in March 2000 that the famous spot turned into one of its most memorable guises: Bed nightclub.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Face in the crowd Phil Oakey tries going to bed.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Face in the crowd Phil Oakey tries going to bed.

The opening night was a glittering spectacle. The Human League front man Phil Oakey and Dean from All Seeing I were among the 1,370 people who packed into the club.

It was a memorable night, too, for the toilet arrangements: just one set was open on its inaugural evening, meaning men and women had to mix.

The club quickly became known as a hotspot for garage, RnB and hip hop.

The building started out as a 1,250-seat cinema, opening in 1914.

bedrh Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Face in the crowd Phil Oakey tries going to bed. >> (OAKEY IS CORRECT)

bedrh Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Face in the crowd Phil Oakey tries going to bed. >> (OAKEY IS CORRECT)

However, the Lansdowne cinema closed in 1940 when it was hit in a German air raid.

Seven years later it was briefly taken over by Marks & Spencer before it started a new lease of life as the Locarno ballroom in December 1954.

By the late 1960s, however, tastes changed and the Locarno closed in August 1968 to make way for a new era in nightlife. Mecca gave it an £80,000 facelift and Tiffany’s was born.

In the intervening years the venue quickly changed from Vickers to Locarno again as well as The Palais.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Joanna  Quale, centre, celebrates her 20th birthday with the Ecclesall massive.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Joanna Quale, centre, celebrates her 20th birthday with the Ecclesall massive.

The Music Factory was born in 1994 and was at first wildly successful with one of the country’s most popular dance nights, Love To Be.

But that was not to be forever.

The club shut with six-figure debts in 1998.

After a brief stint as Clubgeneration, Bed was brought into life by Gatecrasher.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. First night toilet arrangements saw everyone using the same toilet  upstairs.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. First night toilet arrangements saw everyone using the same toilet upstairs.

Bed had four good years as a top Sheffield spot, but the curtains were drawn on the venue in 2004.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Lets all queue up in  the year 2000. Clubbers wait in line to get in bed.

Lets go to bed. The newly opened nightclub ( old music factory), London Road, opening night. Lets all queue up in the year 2000. Clubbers wait in line to get in bed.