Fabric might have been saved, but the battle to save UK nightlife rages on, and the latest twist in the saga has seen The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) partner up with Sankeys to launch #DOYOUWANNASANKEYS. The campaign will give people the chance to promote their hometown as a location for a new club from the legendary clubbing chain, which saw its Manchester home closed down this month after the building that housed it for 22 years was sold off to be developed as apartments.
Considered an historic part of Manchester’s night culture, Sankeys’ closure took a lot of people by surprise, and highlighted once again the potency of an issue that is sweeping the whole nation. Over the last decade, nearly half of the UK’s clubs have closed down without replacement, and organisations like NTIA are working tirelessly to reverse this trend. In collaboration with Sankeys, they are again promoting the #Savenightlife campaign, seeking to encourage people to support their cause by donating or signing the petition.
Determined not to let the loss of their flagship venue set them back too much, Sankeys have decided to give 20 UK cities the chance to host a Sankeys club or event series. Investment in each of the cities’ nightlife will be proportional to the number of votes that each location receives, with Sankeys planning on revitalising other areas as they attempt to work out the issues in Manchester.
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Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Sankeys