A new nightclub in Sheffield has opened its doors recently, with owner, Nick Hussey, claiming that it will “put Sheffield back on the map”.
Arch 9, which will be open as a nightclub from 9pm until 5am, has already brought in big names in Electronica including Clean Bandit, Steve Lawler and Todd Terry, and is anticipated to bring in many more.
Sheffield had a much more vibrant nightlife in the 90s compared to today, with memorable clubs such as Roxy Disco (now the O2 Academy) and The Republic (later called Gatecrasher One) which was destroyed in a fire in 2007.
The club is located just outside the city centre, under the famous Wicker Arches. It has a capacity of 515 people and has two floors and an outdoor mezzanine.
Some concerns, however, have arisen over the location, with many concerned about its distance from the city centre and the high level of anti-social behaviour already prominent in that area.
Hussey said: “We have worked really closely with the council and we want this [Arch 9] to be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of this area.”
“You look at Warehouse Project and Sankeys in Manchester, they are in similar areas to this one and they really work.”
“I think the city centre is too busy and hard to manage. I think we need a new area and this, hopefully, will be the start of it.”
Arch 9 will also be providing a private bus service which, if booked in advance, will pick people up from Carver Street and take them straight to the nightclub – which will be ideal students and other party-goers wishing to start their night of in the city centre.
By Jonathan Pickles