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Former names Sankeys Soap
Address Radium Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AY, England
Location Manchester (UK), Ibiza (Spain), New York (USA)
Coordinates 53°29′8.67″N 2°13′35.56″W / 53.4857417°N 2.2265444°W / 53.4857417; -2.2265444
Owner Tony2Phones
Type Nightclub
Capacity 1200 [1]
Opened June 1994

Sankeys is a nightclub franchise with its first nightclub in Ancoats, Manchester, England. The company currently operates a nightclub in Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza and opened a New York City venue in 2013.[2]

Sankeys Manchester[edit]

Sankeys first opened its doors in Manchester as Sankeys Soap in June 1994.[3] It was so-called Sankeys Soap due to its residence inside Beehive Mill, Ancoats which once was used to manufacture soap. The basement of the mill was transformed into a club and live music venue by Andy Spiro and Rupert Campell. After nearly going bankrupt only six months after opening the venue managed to keep thriving. However, in 1998 due to financial problems Sankeys Soap closed its doors to the public. In 2000 the club was revived by business partners David Vincent and Sacha Lord-Marchionne. This time the club was more successful than before, tackling the problems that had crippled its previous owners. Six years later in 2006 the club was forced to close once more, much to the dismay of clubbers. David Vincent announced that this time Sankeys Soap would be closed for good.[4]

Later that summer it was announced that the club was to re-open under the shorter name Sankeys. It would be under the direction of David Vincent who invited Andy Spiro to get involved once again. During its closure the club underwent a major refit involving a brand new LED Lighting System and featuring the "hatongue" who took over from the legendary "Mad Graham" after the PAR cans were removed. The main DJ booth was also replaced by a new circular box. In 2009, owing to the success of the new club, 15 further changes were made to celebrate 15 years of the Sankeys dynasty. These included dynamic ceiling lighting in the Spektrum (the upstairs part of the club) as well as a Beach constructed with 50 Tonnes of Bahamas Sand and the introduction of a state-of-the-art barcoded entry system.[5] In 2010, Sankeys was voted the number one club in the world in a DJ Mag reader poll.[6] Following the success of 2010 David Vincent announced plans to create Seven Sankeys of the World in the seven cities that inspired the original Sankeys.[7]

The music policy at Sankeys is varied but focused on underground electronic music. From house and techno nights such as MVSON, Continue and Sankeys Presents, through to trance from Garuda. The club also hosts one-off nights from outside promoters notably [8]

On Thursday 11 April 2013, Sankeys announced they would be closing the doors again on 6 May 2013.[9]

On 12 November 2013, Sankeys announced on their Ibiza Twitter feed that they will be re opening Manchester in January 2014 [10]

Sankeys Ibiza[edit]

In May 2011 Sankeys began operations in Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza. The Venue was the first of the Seven Sankeys of the World venture that David Vincent has embarked upon.

In 2012, Sankeys Ibiza continued successfully for a second season in Ibiza with key residencies at the venue including Viva Warriors fronted by Steve Lawler and Solomun's Diynamic Neon Nights.

During the 2013 Ibiza season at Sankeys, the Seven Wonders of the World theme made a return with parties running seven nights a week. Viva Warriors and Diynamic Neon Nights continued their residencies on Sundays and Tuesdays respectively, alongside Hypercolour on Mondays, FUSE on Wednesdays, dirtybird on Thursdays, Flying Circus on Fridays and Carnival Cities on Saturdays.

Sankeys Ibiza is part of biggest global DJ project, burn Residency that for the 4th year in the row, take place in Ibiza.

Sankeys New York[edit]

Sankeys New York is the third Sankeys nightclub. It hosted its 3-day opening weekend during Halloween 2013, with Thursday 31 October 2013 being the first night.

It is located at 29 W 36th St, New York, 10018, previously District 36 nightclub.

Notable performances[edit]

Household names such as Nocturnal Supremacy, Daft Punk, Moby, Björk, and The Chemical Brothers have played at Sankeys, along with top names such as Laurent Garnier, Jacques Lu Cont, Dave Clarke, Mylo, Carl Cox, and Swedish House Mafia to name but a few.

Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers released an album recorded at Sankeys in 1998, called Mayday.


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