Gatecrasher to rise like ‘phoenix from the ashes’ in Sheffield

Blaze: Gatecrasher was destroyed by fire in June 2007.      PICTURE: DENNIS LOUND
Blaze: Gatecrasher was destroyed by fire in June 2007. PICTURE: DENNIS LOUND
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NIGHTCLUB bosses on a mission to resurrect a Sheffield venue have vowed to reopen in the city by the end of the year.

Gatecrasher has confirmed it is working with Sheffield Council to find a suitable location for a club.

The announcement comes five years after the original Gatecrasher, in Eyre Street, Sheffield city centre, was destroyed by fire.

Since then, Gatecrasher has been keen to bring the club back to Sheffield, but has been hit by a number of setbacks.

In 2010, the council refused planning permission for its proposed £5 million venue below the ‘Cheesegrater’ car park in the city centre.

However, Simon Raine, Gatecrasher managing director, this week confirmed he is looking at a number of potential locations for a new club.

He said: “This week marks one of the most significant weeks in Gatecrasher’s history. Five years ago, our beloved Sheffield club was razed to the ground following a devastating fire.

“A club which we had spent more than 10 years nurturing and developing was gone in a matter of hours.

“But that was never going to be in the end of the story and we always vowed to return to Sheffield.

“Gatecrasher will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, defining a new decade of clubbing.

“Our new site will exceed all expectations, bolder, bigger and more cutting-edge than ever before. We want to create the best club in the world.

“We have been searching tirelessly for a location so we can return to our home.

“What has been heartening is the support we’ve had from the city, we get emails daily asking us when we are returning and now it is finally a reality, with plans falling into place.”