“ Arundel Street, Sheffield. On Saturdays. Info: 0870 128 2000 „
Since i live in leeds, i havent been out many times in sheffield, but the times i have, ive been to Republic. Prices have recently gone up, but we can let them off since its such a great club! My most recent visit was on thursday. I bought my ticket at a bar earlier on in the night to save on queuing, which is a very good idea, although a lot of people tend to do this, which then may end up in defeating the object! On thursday i paid £4.50 with an NUS card, which is around the price i would usually pay to get in a club on a usual night out in leeds. When i arrived at republic, i joined the fast ticket queue and stood there for less than 5minutes before i was allowed in, the normal queue was massive, and i would have had to stand there for at least 10minutes if not longer. Even though it was early when i arrived, republic was packed, thats one problem with the bar, you can stand for 15minutes waiting to be served. With thursday being a student night, drinks start at as little as £1, which is great for all the poor students! the music was as they call it on the gatecrasher website 'classic pop', or what id call cheese, which is what i love! however, if you're not into your cheese, there is the electric box room, which is a lot smaller, and often very quiet compared to the main room and lobby! upstairs is a seating area, which is perfect to rest those sore feet, and to have a bit of a chat. from there, you can also view the crowds, trying to spot that bit of talent you're after! you can go onto the gatecrasher website and join the guest list in order to avoid queues and they even do special rates for groups 30+ thursday was a typical student night, students everywhere. i have been on a friday night as well, and that was pretty much the same, then again there are thousands of students i sheffield!
As a student in Sheffield, we used to go go Gatecrasher maybe a couple of times a term when grant cheques arrived etc, and each time we visited, it got progressively more worrying as to if we'd even get in, with large groups turned away with little/no reason given. However, once inside, the atmosphere was incredible, DANGEROUSLY LOUD music, amazing lights and top mixing from the world's finest DJs. They had a huge crowd of loyal followers (love em or hate em its the cyberkids that built 'crasher). However, we visited the club in May, and were met with a different story. The club was only about 3 quarters full, and from what some of the people were wearing, the doormen had allowed almost anyone inside. I started talking to some people in the chillout room. Everyones story was the same. The doorstaff. They had gone from ONLY letting in cyberkids to "sometimes" letting in cyberkids. Quotes like "you can come in if you take that crap off" were echoed by several. And there lay the problem. By turning away the very people who made the club what it was, those people had all started going to rival nights (Passion in Coleville seemed most common). This caused the effect of meaning that, to fill the club, the doorstaff had become TOO relaxed, thus shattering the once unequalled atmosphere for people like me (who I would class as an occasional clubber). Even flyers for the club now mention the new easier door policy. Coupled with the fact that the promotors are being seen to be selling out (5 albums in 2 years!) means that real clubbers are leaving in droves. The music is still great, the venue is amzing, the sound system is the best I've heard. Come on Gatecrasher, get the door policy right, and get the right people back in the club! The jungle needs a lion....
I've been to gatecrasher once and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The club has two rooms from what I remember. Once was a main room catering for hard house and the other dealt in garage. The club always has a good set of DJ's with judge Jules now a resident. When I went I saw sonique play in her unique style of actually singing while mixing records. She has since gone on to reach no.1 in the charts with her song feel so good. The club is big enough to get a dance without being crushed and the music they play is electrifying to those out there who love the hard house, uplifting tunes. I recommend anyone to have a visit - you also might like to check out there tapes which aren't as good as an actual night but give you an idea of what to expect