While fabric London was able to reopen after a series of drug deaths led a local council to revoke its license, Sankeys Manchester shuttered yesterday. The building the club occupied was sold and will be turned into — wait for it — apartments. During its run the venue hosted The Chemical Brothers to Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia to Todd Terry.
In an email sent to staff and promoters, Tony Hill, the head of Radius Security – a company contracted by Sankeys’ Japanese owners to manage the club – explained: “It has become apparent that the reason that [the property management agents] haven’t issued a new agreement is due to the fact that the entire building has been sold to a residential property developer who intends to turn it into apartments.
He added: “On behalf of the directors and management team can you please pass this message on to those that it affects and apologise for how suddenly the change in circumstances has taken place.”
On Twitter the club promised to release a statement tomorrow.
Full statement coming tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/LkNHP6bnlc
— Sankeys Mcr (@Sankeys_Mcr) January 12, 2017
Sankeys currently operates venues in Ibiza and Tokyo. A London location, Sankeys East, will open later this month. Sankeys’ foray into New York City ended with the club closing after disastrous runs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively. In a statement regarding the club’s closure, Sankeys founder David Vincent blamed the Brooklyn venue’s failure on franchise partners, describing them as “people we thought were up to the job who clearly were not.”