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Godskitchen is an international superclub brand which is associated with dance music and organises events, particularly in the UK and US. The company used to run a club night of the same name at their nightclub AIR, in Birmingham. Godskitchen has an in-house music label. This label annually releases compilation albums, in addition to supporting new artists whom they believe bring something new to the genre.
Godskitchen's roots date back to the golden era of the UK rave scene of the early 1990s.
They held their first event in the UK at the Junction Nightclub in Cambridge, launching a series of sell out nights across the UK. The regular sessions gained momentum at Air nightclub in Birmingham. Thereafter, Chris Griffin and Tyrone Matthews decided they would launch Godskitchen on a regular basis. In May 1996, Godskitchen began to hold weekly events in Northampton. Godskitchen sold out regularly, soon filling the 1,500 capacity Planet Nightclub in Coventry every Friday night.
Scaling up in Milton Keynes and Birmingham
In 1997 Chris and Tyrone staged an event for 4,000 people at the Sanctuary Music Arena in Milton Keynes. Billed as Britain's first "stadium house music event" the party sold out in advance at a venue that fellow superclubbers Cream had failed to fill only 12 months previously.
Looking for a "somewhere to call home", Godskitchen moved to the 2,000 capacity Sanctuary Nightclub (formerly the Digbeth Institute) in Digbeth, Birmingham. Godskitchen filled the Sanctuary on a regular basis. 1999 saw Godskitchen take their clubbing to the Amnesia Nightclub in Ibiza, pulling in up to 5,500 revellers on a Tuesday night. Godskitchen continued to flourish on Ibiza for another three seasons, moving to Eden in San Antonio for one summer in 2002.
Back in Birmingham, Godskitchen continued to go from strength to strength. Neil Moffitt was now on board and Godskitchen began work on a nightclub of their own, the superclub "CODE". The club opened its doors in the autumn of 2000 and, it is claimed, reached capacity and had to turn away over 20,000 people on its first night. With Friday's Godskitchen fast becoming synonymous with the trance sound, Godskitchen launched two further clubbing nights at CODE. Saturday night saw Babooshka filling the 2000 capacity venue for a second time each weekend, entertaining the masses with its glamorous style of U.S. house music and UK garage, while Sundays played host to the mixed night Polysexual, which continues to be one of the UK's most successful names in hard dance. 2003 and 2004 featured 'The Strongbow Rooms' that housed performances from the likes of Medicine 8.
In the summer of 2001, Godskitchen staged their first outdoor festival, Godskitchen GlobalGathering, which saw 25,000 partygoers descend upon Long Marston Airfield on the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire border near Stratford-upon-Avon on a balmy July evening. The venue was a British summertime veteran, which had previously played host to the Phoenix Festival and the Bulldog Bash. GlobalGathering was a major success, and Godskitchen finished 2001 by returning to one of their original homes, The Sanctuary Music Arena in Milton Keynes. 2002 saw the capacity of GlobalGathering increase to 35,000 and in 2003 Godskitchen completely transformed their home venue CODE, renaming it AIR. AIR now featured three rooms. As well as staging yet another GlobalGathering, 2003 saw Godskitchen embark on an arena tour, selling out parties at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne and The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, then the UK's largest venue.
2004 saw financial controversy with the company holding the "CODE" venue going into receivership subsequent to the £1 million refurbishment of the venue (GK Entertainment Ltd. Reg company no.03937005). It is unclear from news reports whether this was the main GodsKitchen holding company or another related company. The receivers were reported as being interested in questioning the company's current and recently departed directors Neil Moffitt, James Algate and Chris Griffin.
After another successful year and GlobalGathering in 2004, Godskitchen took the party overseas to Ireland and the US, staging events across the continent. New Year's Eve 2004/2005 saw Godskitchen hold their last Friday night in Birmingham, moving to Saturdays in 2005 in order to compete in what many had come to see as a flagging market. The final jewel in the Godskitchen crown was to take place in July 2005: GlobalGathering was expanded to cover an entire weekend (complete with camping) and the Friday night saw a fresh music policy with more emphasis placed on live acts. The capacity was again increased to 45,000 and the following day saw Godskitchen take GlobalGathering to Ireland for a 15,000 capacity event in Cork.
Global Gathering 2006 was held in the downtown area of Miami, Florida on March 18 of that year. The success of that event spawned a second US festival held on Labor Day weekend (first weekend of September in the US) at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Australia held its first GlobalGathering in 2008 (a day rave for one day only) after many successful annual Godskitchen events.
In 2010, for the first time the event was held in Papaya Club on Zrce Beach in Croatia. It lasted three days, 11–13 August. Artists who performed include Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Gareth Emery, and Arno Cost.
Godskitchen released their first compilation in 1999, Divine, and have since released a further 11 compilations, the most recent being Godskitchen Underground.
While trying to come up with a name for their new house night, promoters observed that the best house parties always seem to gravitate around the kitchen. They soon concluded that the very best parties would be held in God's kitchen, hence the name. This name was also used by the 1980s synthpop group Blancmange who produced a song called "God's Kitchen", although the two may not have been connected.
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