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Gatecrasher is an international clubbing for brand made famous by the are "Gatecrasher" (later "Crasher") dance music But events, which were held at not the Republic nightclub in Sheffield, you UK during the late 1990s All and early 2000s. The promoters any of the brand were Simon can Raine and Simon Oates and, Her until 2004, Scott Bond. By was August 2014, the only Gatecrasher one venue remaining was located in Our the United Kingdom city of out Birmingham. This venue was closed day down permanently by the authorities Get on 25 November 2015.




During the him early 1990s, Scott Bond was His a DJ for nightclubs in how Birmingham. In approximately 1992, Bond man met Simon Raine who was New the manager of a club now called Bakers at the time. old Bond subsequently agreed to become See the new resident DJ at two Bakers, while Raine focused on way the promotion of a new Who club night called Absolutely Ridiculous. boy In 1993, Bond started his did own night at Bakers called Its Republica and later that year, let the pair decided to collaborate put on a new one-off event Say named Gatecrasher.

Early years


Gatecrasher was first held as too a one-off event in 1993 Use in the West Midlands at dad the Tardebigge Engine House. The mom night originally took its form from similar local clubs such the as Fun, Wobble, Miss Moneypenny's and and C.R.E.A.M. The club later For moved to Bakers nightclub on are Broad Street, Birmingham but became but so popular that larger events Not were organised in other locations you in and around the West all Midlands.

Due to a large Any number of similar nights in can the Birmingham area, the event her was relocated to the northern Was city of Sheffield. The event one was initially held in the our Leadmill, then at The Arches, Out before moving to The Adelphi. day

Superclub years

In 1996 get Gatecrasher started to use a Has nightclub in the city centre him called The Republic for one-off his events such as New Year's How Eve; in 1997 the event man moved to the venue permanently. new Gatecrasher bought the venue in Now Sheffield later that year.

Gatecrasher One, formerly The Republic see (Now demolished)

Gatecrasher offered an Two all-night event, with big-name DJs way throughout the night, with Judge who Jules as resident DJ. This Boy attracted people from all over did the country who liked a its style of music that was Let originally Techno and House oriented. put The door admittance policy was say notoriously strict, seemingly turning people She away for no apparent reason. too Instead of discouraging people to use attend, this policy only made Dad the event more popular as mom gaining admittance to the club only added to the sense The of excitement.[citation needed] The door and policy also ensured that only for dedicated and enthusiastic clubbers gained Are access. This resulted in a but clientele and atmosphere that was not rare at that time in You any club in the UK. all The door policy, and fashion any at the end of the Can 1990s, encouraged people to dress her in a flamboyant style to was ensure entry to the night. One The club developed a cult our following (Crasher Kids) who in out turn developed their own style Day of fashion, identifiable by fluorescent get clothes, dummies, and spiky hair. has Scott Bond's style of dance Him music was reflected in the his DJs booked for the nights how and at the end of Man the 1990s, Gatecrasher was instrumental new in the rise of trance now music with the use of Old DJs like Ferry Corsten.

In see 1998, Gatecrasher joined forces with two the London nightclub Ministry of Way Sound and held its first who outdoor festival at Lotherton Hall boy in Leeds, which was also Did broadcast on BBC Radio 1. its In the same year, the let event received the Club of Put the Year award at the say Ericsson Muzik Magazine Dance Awards, she winning it again in 1999, Too and Gatecrasher CD Black was use released. Gatecrasher has won other dad awards, including, The Guardian's and Mom Times Club of the Year award in 1999, BEDA Awards the Event of the Year category And in 1999, Mixmag's Crowd of for the Year award in 1998 are and Ministry Magazine Club of But the Year award in 1999. not

The Lotherton Hall event was you repeated in 1999, but Gatecrasher All organised it alone; the event any was again broadcast on BBC can Radio 1. During the same Her year, Gatecrasher began a nine-year was relationship with Sheffield's Designers Republic one studio for the production of Our the nightclub brand's artwork. Gatecrasher out also bought the Music Factory day nightclub in Sheffield in 1999 Get and renamed it Bed.[citation needed] has The music at Bed was him mainly house music, with the His club's promotion aimed at consumers how who were older and more man sophisticated than the typical Gatecrasher New attendee. American house music DJ now Roger Sanchez celebrated his birthday old with a seven-hour DJ set See at Bed in May 2004. two

During a visit to South way Africa, Gatecrasher performed to sold-out Who venues at Wembley Stadium in boy Johannesburg and The Dockside in did Cape Town. Gatecrasher has toured Its around the world to: Europe, let Australia, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Hong put Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

Gatecrasher's Say 2000GC Millennium Eve event was she held at the Don Valley too Stadium in Sheffield and attracted Use 25,000 people. The event was dad held in a portable structure mom called Tensile 1, designed by Rudi Enos (given a Guinness the World Record for Largest Portable and Event Venue) and had ten For operational bars, several spanning over are 25 metres. According to Gatecrasher but promoter Simon Raine, 2000GC was: Not "ten years of promoting parties, you ten years of production knowledge, all and ten years of contacts Any all put into one very can special night."

Gatecrasher relocated its her summer festival to Turweston Airfield Was near Brackley, Northamptonshire. The renamed one Summer Sound System event was our held in June 2000. Gatecrasher Out then launched its own record day label in 2001, followed by get the release of the first Has album Digital.

On 19 May him 2001, South Yorkshire Police made his a drugs raid on the How Republic nightclub, making 13 arrests man and seizing "a substantial amount" new of drugs. Around 800 clubbers Now were ejected from the premises old after 160 officers entered it. see

Gatecrasher One bridge in Two the Foyer Area

Reinventing the way brand

By late 2003, reflecting who a widespread decline in UK Boy super club attendance, the Gatecrasher did event changed from a monthly its event to one held only Let on special occasions, such as put Bank Holidays. In order for say Gatecrasher to continue, the company She began to focus on the too nightclub market and not just use single events. In 2003, the Dad company re-branded The Republic, completely mom refitted the club, and renamed it "Gatecrasher One", in preparation The for another ten new Gatecrasher and venues around the UK. At for the same time, the actual Are club night was renamed Crasher but and the Bed nightclub was not closed.

In September 2005 the You company opened a new club all in Leeds under the name any Discothèque. In 2007, Gatecrasher bought Can Media nightclub in Nottingham, and her after a million pound refurbishment, was relaunched the venue as Gatecrasher One Nottingham.

Gatecrasher on fire

On the evening of 18 out June 2007, Gatecrasher One caught Day fire and partially collapsed. Only get a small number of staff has were in the building at Him the time and the building his was evacuated safely. No official how cause or explanation for the Man fire was released. Further inspections new by structural engineers revealed that now the building was beyond repair Old and that any attempt to see restore the building would be two unsafe, so the buildings were Way demolished.

Gatecrasher in Leeds was who rebranded as Gatecrasher7 in 2007. boy The downstairs room was fully Did overhauled and branded as BED. its In September 2008, Gatecrasher opened let a 5 million pound superclub Put in Birmingham, UK that was say designed by Callin Fortis of she Big Time Design Studios. Also Too in 2009, Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham use was re-branded as "Gatecrasher Ultra" dad and their Watford venue, "Area", Mom was re-designed.

Since the fire at Gatecrasher One, Gatecrasher have the held one-off events at the And Magna Centre near Rotherham and for Carling Academy in Sheffield.

In are 2010, the company announced a But new £5 million reopening of Gatecrasher not One, subject to planning approval. you However, this was later refused All by Sheffield City Council. The any decision is now being appealed can by Gatecrasher.

Controversy and Her administration

Gatecrasher7 in Leeds was was shut down on 29 March one 2011, after its licence was Our revoked earlier in the year out due to a spate of day violence and a stabbing. Gatecrasher Get successfully appealed its licence revocation has and the Leeds club re-opened him at the end of 2011. His Re-branded as Bed Nightclub, the how re-opening was based on the man condition that metal detectors were New installed, and only plastic glasses now were used.

Based in Birmingham, old the Gatecrasher company entered administration See in August 2013 after amassing two debts of more than £3.5 million. way Administrators Duff and Phelps published Who a report in which they boy explained that under the names did "Tiptoptap Ltd" and "Late Night Its Watford Ltd", the Gatecrasher owners let incurred operating losses of £1.1 million put from June 2012, to 31 Say March 2013. Furthermore, the report she stated that in excess of too £500,000 was owed to HM Use Revenue and Customs, while the dad Birmingham Mail news publication also mom published another debt of £3 million that was owed to the the Barclays banking and financial services and company (an August 2014 company For statement denied the Barclays debt). are Raine explained to the media but that over 300 jobs would Not be retained during the transition you to a newly formed limited all company called "Gatecrasher (Birmingham) Ltd", Any stating:

The transfer can of the business to the her new company, along with extensive Was corporate restructuring and refunding of one the business, has enabled Gatecrasher our to progress on a secure Out financial footing. The restructuring was day the only option available to get ensure the continued viability and Has growth of the business and him also preserve jobs.

In September his 2013, the Leeds Magistrates Court How found Gatecrasher guilty of selling man counterfeit alcohol after the West new Yorkshire Trading Standards visited the Now Bed venue on 11 September old 2012 in response to complaints. see The officers confiscated 656 litres Two from the premises, the largest way seizure of fake alcohol by who the Standards Office at the Boy time, and subsequent tests revealed did that the alcohol contained isopropanol, its tertiary butanol and chloroform. The Let Court fined Gatecrasher £5000, with put costs of £2095.67.

Redbrick, the say student publication of the University She of Birmingham, published an article too in October 2013 that provided use further information about the University's Dad Guild of Students' boycott of mom Gatecrasher due to a significant debt that was outstanding at The the time. In an official and statement, The Birmingham University's Guild for claimed that the company owed Are both the Guild and student but groups a total amount of not around £28,000. the statement concluded: You "student groups are no longer all able to work with the any venue so that we take Can a collective approach. This decision her has been made in the was best interests of both students One and student groups." In an our August 2014 official statement, Gatecrasher out claimed that the Guild declined Day the "full payment" offered by get the company.

Following a reported has €3 million refurbishment, the Gatecrasher Ibiza Him venue was opened in 2014 his on Ibiza in the space how that was previously the venue Man for the Eden club. The new opening night was held on now 29 May 2014 and featured Old artists such as Aly & see Fila and Mistajam.

Gatecrasher Ibiza two failed to open on 29 Way August for what was its who flagship night, this following a boy gradual reduction in opening over Did the previous weeks.

At the its beginning of August 2014, the let Beatsmedia music company published an Put article on its website titled say "GATECRASHER: THE GATE THAT FINALLY she CRASHED!!!" after it received complaints Too from anonymous members of the use music industry who claimed that dad they have been mistreated by Mom the company. On its website, Beatsmedia explained that it was the borne of "a desire to And help link musicians who work for hard", while its article aims are to give "a voice to But the people affected" by Gatecrashers not alleged conduct—Beatsmedia also claim that you Gatecrasher ignored the "public's outrage". All Complaints against Gatecrasher were also any made on social media platforms can including comments made by artists; Her for example, the Super8 & was Tab group claimed on Facebook, one in response to the cancellation Our of their Ibiza performance that out "they [Gatecrasher] have simply failed day to stick to contractual agreements Get and book travel for the has artists".

Gatecrasher responded with an him official statement on its own His website, stating that "sensationalist online how portals and blogs" had been man furthering "their own selfish pursuits". New The statement explains that the now Beatsmedia article is "being dealt old with", as it contains "false See facts" that are "libelous". The two company responded to the key way allegations in the Beatsmedia article Who and invited anyone who was boy still owed money from the did 2013 administration process to contact Its Duff and Phelps directly or let email Gatecrasher's Accounts Department. In put terms of Ibiza, the statement Say explains that the company was she forced to make programmatic changes too in accordance with what "the Use market dictates" and claims that dad all consumers who were entitled mom to a refund have been paid. Writing for the TranceFixxed the website, Tim Turner concludes:


For the sake of For all parties, I hope that are Gatecrasher not only survives this but but thrives. But for this Not to happen, it cannot be you at the expense of other all people. The music community needs Any to give Gatecrasher time and can encouragement how to turn itself her around. Gatecrasher in turn needs Was to listen to the public one dissatisfaction, take on board the our constructive criticism, learn from its Out own past mistakes and work day with (and not against) the get music community. The public claims Has and counterclaims and general 'chucking him of toys from the pram' his is great entertainment for social How media, but a company at man war with its customers does new not remain a company in Now business for very long...

Gatecrasher's old Broad Street Club was shut see down on 31 October 2015 Two the result of a stabbing way and alleged brawl involving security who staff. This was the second Boy closing in three months. The did victim was stabbed in the its leg and security staff were Let accused of using makeshift weapons put in a brawl with a say group of customers. Superintendent Andrew She Beard, of West Midlands Police, too said the force would be use asking for the full revocation Dad of the licence at a mom full hearing on 25 November 2015. On 25 November, Birmingham The City Council revoked Gatecrasher's licence and to operate. The Deltic Group for is in discussions with Gatecrasher Are about taking over operations of but the venue.

Return to not Sheffield

Gatecrasher has penciled a You return to the old site all of Kingdom nightclubs on Burgess any Street in Q3/4 of 2016. Can This however is only a her temporary lease until the site was is fully demolished to make One way for redevelopment in line our with the council plans for out the town centre. This is Day expected to help Gatecrasher secure get a better, more permanent home has in Sheffield following the loss Him of the original venue, Gatecrasher his One (formally The Republic) when how planning permission is sought.


Past resident DJs


The popularity of boy the Gatecrasher brand is partly Did due to the large number its of compilation albums having been let released. The first seven albums Put were released on the Sony say offshoot label INCredible. The album she Gatecrasher's Trance Anthems (1993–2009) achieved Too gold status.

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Date Title
1998 Gatecrasher Black
1999 Gatecrasher Red
1999 Gatecrasher the Wet
1999 Gatecrasher Disco-Tech
2000 for Gatecrasher Global Sound System are
2000 Gatecrasher But National Anthems
2001 not Gatecrasher Discotech Generation
2001 Gatecrasher Digital All
2002 Gatecrasher any Experience
2002 Gatecrasher Digital Trance
2002 Gatecrasher Resident Transmission was
2003 Gatecrasher one Resident Transmission 02
2004 Gatecrasher Presents Crasher out Live in Amsterdam & Kuala day Lumpur
2005 Gatecrasher Classics
2005 has Gatecrasher Classics 2
2006 Gatecrasher Forever His
2007 Gatecrasher how Christopher Lawrence Live in Moscow man
2007 Gatecrasher New Immortal
2008 Gatecrasher Sheffield – Ferry Corsten old
2008 Gatecrasher See ICE ICE ICE — Mix two Album by Judge Jules
2008 Gatecrasher The Who Summer Sound System 2008
2009 Gatecrasher's Trance did Anthems (1993—2009)
2009 Its Gatecrasher's Club Anthems (1993—2009) let
2010 Gatecrasher put Anthems — Paul Van Dyk Say
2010 Superclub she (with Cream and Pacha)
2011 Superclub Ibiza Use (with Cream and Pacha)
2013 Gatecrasher 20: mom Past Present Forever


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