Scores of the region’s best-known musicians were out in force to support Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes in his latest venture.
Renowned Sheffield acts like Milburn, While She Sleeps, Liberty Ship, Matic Mouth, Sophie & The Giants joined scores of guests at the VIP opening of ‘Church – Temple of Fun’.
The rest of Bring Me The Horizon – bar Matt Kean who’s in LA – were also at the party alongside Andy Nicholson, original bass player of the Arctic Monkeys, and singer/songwriter Steve Edwards.
The unveiling of the venue is the culmination of a dream many said would never happen.
Oliver Sykes was diagnosed with ADHD at 6 years old – this was the start of a long-running battle with the education system to get him adequate support.
His parents ended up loaning him £500 in 2005 in a last-ditch attempt to encourage his creativity after he dropped out of his graphic, design and media course.
The rest is history as that cash was the beginning of his Drop Dead clothing company and he also went on to find worldwide success with Bring Me The Horizon.
His new ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ is now open in the historic Rutland Works (now known as Osborn Works) on Rutland Road – one of the few listed buildings in the Kelham Island area of the city.
The venue incorporates many things that are already central to the life of Oliver Sykes – live music, vegan food, tattoos, retro gaming and South American religious iconography.
He said: “Our building has incredible heritage and I wanted to develop a concept that truly celebrated and developed that legacy. It has been an amazing team effort over the past few months as ideas have taken shape and ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ has become a reality.”
The original idea for ‘Church’ was born out of a Drop Dead clothing staff party that took place in the space.
When Oliver Sykes spotted a bar/arcade concept in Brazil he decided to develop the idea in Sheffield and ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ was born.
The 220 capacity venue will open day and night, seven days a week.
A vegan café is being operated by celebrated ‘Make No Bones’.