ONE of Yorkshire's biggest club nights has undergone a major overhaul. Gatecrasher - one of Britain's best-known clubbing brands - has revamped its Leeds venue on New Briggate.
After a pounds 500,000 refurbishment, Gatecrasher Seven opened on Friday with a new look and two distinct clubbing rooms to suit events of different styles.
Opening hours have also been extended to meet demand - revellers can now drink until 10am at the bar.
Both floors of the club have been revamped, with the downstairs room undergoing a full overhaul and being re-branded as BED.
As well as being part of the main Gatecrasher Seven venue, BED will be used as a self-contained 400 capacity space with its own separate entrance, toilets, DJ booths and bars.
W ith its stylish sunken booths - complete with designer leather furniture - the super cool space will be available for corporate hire and private parties and will house separate 'niche' nights on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Simon Raine, Gatecrasher founder, said: "The very essence of club culture and nightclubs means that they constantly need to evolve in terms of design, aesthetics and allure.
"Following a turbulent two years in Leeds, we have listened to the audience and made changes to suit."
As part of its relaunch, Gatecrasher Seven has devised a new programme of club nights.
On the first Saturday of every month, it will host Hed Kandi. The club will have a 'wonderland' theme with revellers dancing to sexy disco dance sounds.
On the second Saturday of the month, fans of classic house can take a trip back in time with Retro Heaven. Regular guest DJs will include Danny Rampling, Daniele Davoli, K-Klass, Graeme Park, Allister Whitehead and Ian Ossia.
The third Saturday of each month will feature the majestic Speedqueen night. The night was born in Leeds and is famed for the friendly atmosphere and mix of gay and straight clubbers. This monthly event - starting on May 18 - offers Speedqueen's best female DJs - Miss Melodie, Alice Bailey and Adele - glamorous drag queens, live percussionists and performance art. There will be a mix of funky house in the main room and 60s classics in the downstairs space.
The fourth Saturday of every month is one for electro fans. Leeds Loves Electro aims to provide what has so far been missing on dancefloors - a line-up of DHs dedicated to playing dirty electro house.
So that's your Saturdays catered for. But what about Fridays?
Every Friday at Gatecrasher Seven will be dedicated to all things r 'n' b and rap, with club night Pashion.
The night plays house to some of the biggest names in r 'n' b and hip hop, including Trevor Nelson, Tim Westwood, Mista Jam and Shortee Blitz.
May 2 will see ex-Blue singer Simon Webbe perform, followed by So Solid Crew's Harvey on May 23.
But it's not just the weekend crowd who are catered for.
Monday hosts Chic Beat, with some of the biggest name DJs in funky house and electro and on Wednesdays, new Japanese themed night Disuko will be adding something new to the Leeds scene.
Over the years, Gatecrasher has brought big name acts to Leeds.
Its Discotheque night, launched in 2005, has seen Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar, Basement Jaxx, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Boy George and Roni Size perform.
Their presence has helped put Gatecrasher on the clubbing map.
Not content with that, Gatecrasher has entered the large-scale event market, with Summer Sound System - the award winning festival now runs for two days with 20 live acts and 200 DJs. Headliners have included The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Mark Ronson and Hot Chip.
For more information, visit www.gatecrasher.com.
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