Joint campaign with the NTIA highlights the crisis in clubland
Following the closure of Sankeys in Manchester a week ago, the club's owners Radius Security issued a statement hinting at a forthcoming series of one-off events. Now, details have started to emerge of a party in Stoke on 23 February that will the first in a series entitled #DoYouWannaSankeys?
Visit the Sankeys Stoke page on Facebook, and you can watch a video that explains the thinking behind the #DoYouWannaSankeys? campaign. Essentially, it's a joint initiative between Sankeys and the Night Time Industry Association (NITA), that seeks to demonstrate to the powers-that-be - in the light of the recent tidal wave of club closures - that young (and not so young!) people in Britain still want to be able to go out and dance. And they're proving that by getting as many people as possible to vote for a #DoYouWannaSankeys? event to be staged in their own home town.
So, once you've checked out the video, head over to Doyouwannasankeys.co.uk and register your interest in having Sankeys come to where you live - and then get all your clubbing buddies to do the same! "There is no set number for this," says the website. "We will come where we are needed. If there is enough interest generated in an area, we will start to look for a premises.
"Over 50% of clubs in this country have closed in the past 10 years," they continue. "As one of the UK's longest standing dance music crews we can't just stand by and watch this happen."