Corporation is an independent live music venue and nightclub located in city centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Corporation is known for hosting live music from touring bands and club nights which play a variety of alternative and rock music, but it also hosts the club night skool disco, predominantly a student pop music night.
The club is one of the major rock and alternative clubs not only in Sheffield but in England as a whole and rivals the multiplicity of Rock City in Nottingham as both a rock club and live venue. It is more commonly referred to by the nickname of Corp by locals.
Corporation also plays host to the Resistanz Festival, an annual festival of industrial, synthetic and electronic music.
Corporation is based in the Devonshire Quarter of Sheffield city centre. The club features three floors containing six bars spread across four rooms: the main arena, small arena, upstairs, and Local Authority. Live acts are viewed in either the main arena or small arenas, are all-standing during events whose sizes vary from smaller upcoming bands of the underground and local scene to successful major touring bands. The upstairs room is available only during club nights and has a balcony overlooking the rooms dance floor. As of September 2013, another room has been opened inside of Corporation called The Local Authority which opens on club nights as extension to the main club and opens on non-club nights as a "mini club". One of the most well known parts of the 'Corp experience' and considered an essential component is the infamous blue pint (or 'Quad Vod') of which the contents remain a mystery to the vast majority of attendees. Many hardcore fans try the Rainbow Challenge, in which one must attempt to have a Quad Vod of each colour of the rainbow.
Corporation opened in 1997 in Sheffield City Centre and was located on Bank Street, near Castle Market. The venue was opened in May 1967 as The Cavendish Club and was one of Sheffield's first purpose-built nightclubs. It incorporated two main rooms, a diner, a chill out room, indoor skate ramp and a late bar called The Otherside. The Otherside late bar was at the front of the building but was separate from the main Corporation nightclub and venue.
In 2002, Corporation moved to its present location in Milton Street.
In February 2015 a bouncer at the Corporation was filmed saying "if you want to take a gay man home, you can feed him to your dogs" after hitting a customer and throwing him out of the club. A spokesperson for the club said that the bouncers behaviour was considered to be "totally unacceptable by all here at Corporation" and that the bouncer was "suspended following initial investigations".
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