Popular student party venue The Night Kitchen (TNK) will permanently close its doors after June 2017.
The venue on Smithfield Street, originally the site of a cutlery factory, will be closed to make way for a redevelopment of the area.
In a statement released on Facebook, TNK management said: “Today is a sad day. It’s a sad day as we must announce that after summer we will be putting our cooking utensils down, turning off the ovens and closing the kitchen for good.
The Night Kitchen may not be perfect, it’s a little rough around the edges and things aren’t always the way they should be, but there’s one thing for sure and that is that it’s got character. Character and charm, coupled with the memories we have here will make it a sad place to see go.”
The Night Kitchen has seen three years of success and received recognition as a top UK night out and significant character in Sheffield’s nightlife on two separate occasions by The Guardian.
It has hosted sets from a variety of genres and attracted artists such as Daniel Avery, Paranoid London, Jackmaster, DJ EZ, Helena Hauff, Nightmares on Wax, Slimzee, Plastician, Gilles Peterson and more.
The venue will host its final events on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June, and have invited musical artists including Off Me Nut Records to host the closing celebrations.
Member of TNK management said: “It’s going to be emotional, but it’s going to a wicked night. We’ll be bringing the core spirit of TNK alive, even more dark corners, winding corridors and hidden surprises for clubbers to get lost in at every turn, one for the history books.”
Tickets to visit the venue before it closes are in high demand, with the first release tickets for the Friday event of the closing weekend selling out in under an hour and the first three releases for TNK’s 3rd Birthday on 18 March selling out in a day.
However the team behind TNK are already planning future events, writing on Facebook that “the team behind the madness have already begun laying plans for the next adventure”.
The venue, formerly the site of club night Dirty Little Secret, was created by charitable organisations Party for the People and Creative Arts Development Space (CADS) in 2013.
Owners attribute the success of TNK to the team that helped create it, and said to Forge Press: “We have to give a big thanks to all the friends we’ve made while doing what we do, the team behind the scenes, artists, promoters and of course the people who buy tickets and come to the events. Without all of them we wouldn’t have been able to create what we have.”
The creators of TNK drew inspiration from a 1970 children’s book, In the Night Kitchen, by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and enlisted the help of artist Joseph Adams to transform the space to a unique and creative environment.
Sculptures and artistic pieces were created by various volunteer groups to create and maintain a theme of imagination and fantasy which thoroughly utilises the interlinking courtyards, corridors and club rooms within the venue.
The Night Kitchen also launched a 12-month project in collaboration with organisations such as ‘Silent Cities’ to engage with socially excluded young people through creative workshops, which aimed to increase access to therapeutic sessions and build an active and mutually supportive community.