The iconic venue is set for one final party
Getting its name from a previous life as a steel cutlery factory, The Night Kitchen has provided Sheffield with a first class music venue for the past seven years. But, come 10 June, it will be closing its doors for good, leaving an eerie silence in the usually bustling warehouse corridors.
The Shalesmoor venue announced their closure in February, with an emotional Facebook post that said, “It’s a sad day as we must announce that after summer we will be putting our cooking utensils down, turning off the ovens and closing the kitchen for good.” The site is due to be demolished to make way for new developments in. The post went on to say “[we] always knew that one day we would have to make way for the redevelopment of the area.” The Night Kitchen has been a staple in the nightlife diary, not only for locals but for students of the city, with the 600 person capacity venue selling out most of its events with ease and playing host to underground favourites such as Roots, Dubcentral, Displace, OMN and even high profile DJ’s such as DJ EZ and Giles Peterson.
This is a huge blow for Sheffield’s nightlife. With damning reports of Britain’s waning nightlife becoming more and more frequent, venues like The Night Kitchen that attracted and retained a large and loyal following are becoming more and more vital to the survival of British night culture. But they aren’t going out without one last explosion of cultural, artistic flare. Two farewell nights, to celebrate the music that the venue has prided itself in delivering since 2007, were added to their Facebook page for Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June. Tickets for the two events were highly sought after. They were described by The Night Kitchen as “historic” and sold out rapidly.
Whilst it is a shame to see such an institution vanish into the cold darkness, there is hope for club culture yet. Veteran DJ club Niche reopened on the 16April and is looking to climb back up to its place among the city’s favourite clubs. There’s also plenty more to Sheffield’s nightlife scene, with the likes of Corp, Code, Yellow Arch Studio and countless others ready to fill the gap left behind by the soon to be demolished venue.
It’s a given that whatever dull, beige development is built in The Night Kitchen’s place will never have the capacity for fond memories and ear shattering bass that gave the venue its character. However it also won’t diminish the unforgettable nights out that The Night Kitchen provided for years and without fail. For those who experienced it, The Night Kitchen will always be the king of Sheffield’s venues, living on in the memories of those lucky enough to have passed through its doors.