Retro: Love 2 BE at the Music Factory

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It is one of those venues in Sheffield which has changed name and ownership many times over the years.

But in May 1995, the London Road venue relaunched as the Music Factory.

The club, formerly Palais, Tiffany’s, Locarno and later Bed - and now a Sainsbury’s - has a long history in Sheffield.

As The Star reported in the early 1990s, Palais had had some troubles.

It said: “Sheffield’s troubled Palais nightclub will reopen as the Music Factory next month after a major refurbishment.

“The Leeds-based organisation promises to keep an ‘orderly house’.

“Dogged by violence and claims of drug dealing, the Palais was refused a licence earlier this year.

“And the new owners must convince the city’s notoriously strict licensing magistrates the club will stay trouble-free before it will open again.”

They clearly did, as these photos from May 15, 1995, show: the opening night at a raucous Music Factory.

The club played host to one of the country’s most popular dance nights, Love 2 Be.

Sadly, The Music Factory was to last less than four years. The club shut with six-figure debts in 1998.

By March 2000, the venue had turned into Bed nightclub, with Gatecrasher behind it.

But even that would last only until 2002, and now the space sells bread and milk.