by Richard Mark, Digital Editor
A LEGENDARY dance club that was at the heart of the Manchester club scene is springing forward to opening in Southampton.
Now the On the Scene can reveal that a former director formerly linked to world-renowned club Sankey’s, which has venues in Ibiza, London, Tokyo and Essex, is committed to bringing a multi-million-pound club to Southampton.
Talking to the On the Scene, Director of Central Turner Properties, Steven Turner said: “Southampton has a vibrant club scene in the city and had strong support in the #doyouwannasankeys campaign.
“We are currently exploring various options to bring something similar to Southampton and have investment plans to bring something different to the city.
“Two premises in several locations across the city are currently being looked at in the Town Quay and Bargate area of Southampton.”
The brand, famous for its Underground music first opened its doors in Manchester as Sankey’s Soap in June 1994.
The club opened and closed a number of times before closing its doors for good in January of this year after the building was sold for flats.
The chain also has venues in Ibiza, London and Tokyo.
Steve added: “The closure of Sankeys was a real shock for the industry so we want to reprise the band and bring it back to the city.”
Following on, club bosses then revealed new expansion and relaunch plans for multiple sites across the UK, based on the #DoYouWannaSankeys campaign in February.
The campaign in partnership with the Night Time Industries Association centred on 20 UK towns and cities gave the public the chance to bring a Sankey’s club to their area.
The chain said that support was Southampton was strong but other others including Torquay, Kent and Stoke on Trent had seen stronger support.
So far, Sankeys presence in the city has been through club nights have been held at Switch nightclub.
A spokesperson from the chain added: “Our hope is that this will inspire new parties, producers, labels and clubs and have an effect which will butterfly for years to come.”
Full plans are expected to be revealed in early January to On the Scene.