Manchester nightclub Sankeys have announced that they will be closing indefinitely on May 6th 2013, as owners turn their attention to their third season in Ibiza.
A Manchester nightlife institution for more than a decade, Sankeys has welcomed the world's biggest DJs to its hallowed decks over the years, and was voted 'Number 1 Club in the World' by DJ Magazine in 2009. They launched Sankeys Ibiza in 2011, which after a bit of a slow first season eventually found its feet last summer - and became one of the undisputed success stories of Ibiza 2012. And it looks like the team have even bigger plans for 2013, as they close the doors on one of the biggest clubs in Manchester to throw their entire weight behind their sunnier counterpart. We don't really blame them.
The club will mark their closure with an all day party on May 6th, featuring a handpicked line-up of Sankeys favourites including Joris Voorn, tINI and Enzo Siragusa, and Darius Syrossian - alongside resident Jozef K, Us & Them and Bones. The club have also promised "two very special unannounced guests". Mysterious.
A statement by club owner David Vincent on their Facebook page reads:
“I have decided to close Sankeys in Manchester indefinitely this summer as I focus my attention on our third year in Ibiza. I want our Ibiza project to be the best club in the world, just like what we have achieved previously in Manchester, as I get the feeling this could be our summer. But I need my production and staff from Manchester to come to Ibiza with me to achieve this goal and therefore both clubs cannot be open at the same time. Who knows when we will be back in Manchester, or if we ever will be back, or what comes next in this great city I love. I want this current chapter of the club’s history to end with a spectacular party, so we are rounding off the May bank holiday with a huge line-up. It’s an 12 hour marathon set from 1pm to 1am on Monday 6th, with a stellar cast of names and the Sankeys Manchester residents, in the spirit of our epic 12-hour Tenaglia sessions.
“I have had some truly amazing memories in Manchester, many brilliant highs including being recognised for contributing significant culture to the city of Manchester at a national museum and also quite a few challenging lows, in a journey which will continue around the world. We have made our name in Manchester as The World’s Best Club in the DJ Mag Awards 2010, and the Sankeys spirit will live on there. I want to say huge thanks all of the DJs, live acts, promoters and agents that I have worked with, and all of the Sankeys staff who have helped shape the club during the last 13 years. And most importantly, Sankeys simply wouldn’t exist without our loyal crowd who have made us what we are today, and I want to say thanks to every one of you. Finally, all I can say right now about what happens next is quite simply: watch this space.”
Sankeys Closing Party - Monday 6th May:
Joris Voorn / tINI and Enzo Siragusa / Darius Syrossian / Jozef K / Us & Them / Bones / Two very special unannounced guests
£15, 1pm – 1am.