Were you strutting your stuff on the dance floors of Sheffield in the decade of boom and bust – if so, we want to hear from you?
Neil Anderson is researching a new book on the 1990s night scene – the era that heralded the dance music explosion and saw Sheffield being hailed as one of the UK’s party capitals.
He said: “The pace of change was unprecedented. At one point it seemed that every empty building was being eyed up as a potential venue – former banks, fitness suites, cinemas, engineering works were all transformed into venues; there was hardly a structure in Sheffield that wasn’t considered fair game.”
It didn’t stop there, a glut of new nightclubs even opened in the East End in a bid to provide nightlife’s answer to Meadowhall.
It was all a far cry from the early part of the 1990s when a report highlighted the sorry state of things in Sheffield with thousands of the city’s young people shunning local venues every weekend and opting for the bright lights of rival cities like Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.
The £1.4million Republic venue became the first new nightclub to open in Sheffield in years when it finally opened its doors in 1995 after three years of court battles and appeals.
It opened the floodgates to a wealth of new clubs and bars with Sheffield becoming nationally renowned for dance nights such as Gatecrasher, Love to be… and more.
By the end of the decade things had gone full circle as the relaxation in licensing laws blurred the lines between bars and traditional nightclubs and many venues shut altogether.
The brand new ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1990s Sheffield’ is set to be launched at the ‘90s Reunion Clubnight which takes place at Genting Casino Sheffield on Saturday 13th June 2020. Tickets are £10 advance and available from: http://bit.ly/90sClubnightGentingSheffield