Niche Win The Right To Remain Open After February 8th Hearing
Niche To Remain Open After February 8th Court Hearing But The Police Still Feel It Should Be Permanently Closed.
After the violence that took place on the Wicker back in December 2017, Sheffield Superintendent Paul McCurry temporarily closed Niche nightclub while further investigations into the incident took place.
The Police’s issue with the club is due to the incident on the Wicker which injured 5 people originally started from within the venue.
McCurry believed it was in the best interest of public safety that the club remained closed for 48 hours until a court hearing took place at Sheffield Magistrates. At this hearing, the owners of Niche volunteered to extend the closure of the venue while the cooperating with South Yorkshire Police about what took place in the immediate vicinity of Niche. This would leave the hearing adjourned until January 9th, 2018.
At the next hearing, Niche Nightclub received a further 28 day closure order with the intention of a permanent closure. An official statement about these events was issued on the official Niche Facebook page which angered a loyal following of the brand.
Members of the public were confused as other stabbings had taken place inside the venue of other bars and clubs, however, none of these venues suffered the same treatment and length of closure that Niche received. Representatives of the club have been adamant that any incidents within Niche are dealt with quickly and any troublemakers are immediately removed from the venue.
Niche asked for help from supporters to save the club from being closed for the third time and the response they got back with the power of today’s social media was pretty epic. After Facebook campaigns, billboard advertising and word of mouth by the people, the club received a large number of letters, emails and statuses of support from hundreds of Niche fans.
The support to save Niche grew more as people arranged for a peaceful march and protest to take place to show authorities how loved the club is by people. This caught the attention of the press and social media that covered protest asking members of the march questions about the legendary brand.
The sage with the club would still continue as Niche released another official statement via their Facebook page on January 25th. The news was shared that the hearing had again been pushed back, this time it was due to papers being served too late for the Niche legal team to consider them. The next hearing date was set for February 8th to decide the fate of the club.
Today is now February 8th and after a final hearing regarding the events that took place in December 2017 and all evidence being heard, it was decided that the club could remain open. This decision wasn’t what the South Yorkshire Police wanted as they believe the venue should be closed for good but the courts thought otherwise and did not close the club for the third time.
As a former DJ for the club when it moved to Charter Row before it was closed for the second time I fail to understand why authorities are so against the club. If I remove the politics behind the scenes and issues with individuals, as a scene in general, Niche was 1 of the most exciting times of my life. Throughout my time there I learnt a lot about different aspects of the industry and have a long list of good memories and experiences I had on my journey.
Even though I’ll admit the environment was fast pace and very random I didn’t experience a great deal of violence outside what you would expect at any other bar, pub or club. Niche security had a strong reputation for not tolerating trouble and dealing with it quickly for public safety. Yes, you could say a lot of things about Niche but after experiencing it personally I feel other media platforms have really tried to do the brand dirty.
What’s more confusing about the situations around Niche is despite authorities blaming individual DJs, producers, artists and members of the public for the trouble in the city as a whole, closing Niche and blacklisting people from performing has never solved the problem of trouble in the city centre. In addition to this, stabbings have occurred INSIDE other venues such as Cyrstyle but never has anyone else been treated the same way as Niche.
I get the feeling that the Police are itching and waiting for something major to happen at the venue so they can attempt to have it closed for good. Safe to say that people should expect increased security measures from now on and an even lower tolerance to troublemakers.
All that matters at this point is hate it or love it Sheffield still has a club that supports underground music that is live and kicking.