Since its creation in 1993, Gatecrasher has rapidly become the UK's most outstanding and influential dance club and youth culture brand, changing the face of club culture globally.
Gatecrasher began as a one-off party at the Engine House in the West Midlands in 1993 and has since built up a Worldwide reputation as a flamboyant, individual and hedonistic brand. From small beginnings, Gatecrasher went on to host several parties across the country before coming to reside at The Republic nightclub in Sheffield in March ’97.
Situated in the grounds of the ‘Old Roper & Wreaks Steelworks’, the venue still retains key features of its industrial heritage and has since undergone two major re-fits to meet the demands of today’s discerning clubber culminating in a £1.5 million re-design in September 2003 which also saw a change in name from The Republic to Gatecrasher One. This name change also resulted in a repositioning of the brand with the World famous Gatecrasher Trance nights now operating under the name Crasher.
Gatecrasher has hosted some of the largest-capacity parties throughout the UK; Leeds, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Dublin and Birmingham to name but a few. In a revolutionary move, a clubbing first, one of the most talked-about events ever was Gatecrasher at Lotherton Hall, Leeds in 1999. 10,000 people congregated to listen to over 20 leading DJs and artists from all dance genres.
Gatecrasher’s Summer Sound System event in June 2000 was hailed as the event of the year. The blazing sun accompanied the antics of 25,000 clubbers as they enjoyed the talents of 50 DJs. The same event in 2001 and 2002 saw an increased capacity of 40,000 people enjoy the music of a wide diversity of artists in addition to the usual top DJ’s, these included acts like The Chemical Brothers, Craig David, Miss Teeq and Faithless.
Gatecrasher’s “2000GC” Millennium Eve event at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield is still possibly the most praised and talked about event to date by any club. The massive arena held a sell-out crowd of 25,000, and had the look and feel of a stadium rock concert. The staging, musical enhancement and visual effects created an adrenalin-fuelled atmosphere and a night never to forget. According to Gatecrasher promoter Simon Raine, 2000GC was “ten years of promoting parties, ten years of production knowledge and ten years of contacts all put into one very special night.”
Due to the success and strength of the brand name, Gatecrasher launched itself into the CD market in August of ’98 with a series of compilation albums released through Sony: ‘Black’, ‘Red’, ‘Wet’, ‘Disco-tech’, ‘Global Sound System’ and ‘National Anthems’ to name a few.
2001 then saw the launch of Gatecrashers own record label and the first album, “Digital” released in October went silver in the UK within the first 10 days and gold in Australia within the first week. All albums featured a 20-page clubbers’ booklet and were available in limited edition packaging, triple vinyl and shipped worldwide. Gatecrasher’s albums draw inspiration from the dance floor and do not rely on ‘big name’ DJ to endorse publicity or sales. To date Gatecrasher have had 11 releases with combined sales in excess of 1.5 million copies.
Gatecrasher is consistently pushing the boundaries of technology in club land with groundbreaking advancements in live internet broadcasting of events and the use of the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art production available. Gatecrasher continues to host numerous web casts and in 2002 broadcasted live from the club monthly.
2003 saw Gatecrasher embark on an ambitious World Tour, taking in such locations as Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Tokyo to name a few. Gatecrasher also made in-roads into America, resulting in a series of monthly residencies: at Arc in New York, the cosmopolitan Space in Miami and the underground-feeling Turbo in Toronto. In total, 2003 saw over 1.4 million people attend a Gatecrasher event.
2004 saw the launch of “GCX, 10 Years with a Vengeance” a series of events and club nights to celebrate the last ten years of Gatecrasher. As well as moving into new territories including Russia, India, China and Lebanon, we’re also working in association with major beer brand Corona on a series of 10 UK and 17 World dates under the banner “The Ultimate Party Tour” including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Rome, Oslo, Rejakavik and Prague featuring some of the Worlds top artists including Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and Ferry Corsten.
Other developments include a unique 10 year retrospective DVD that will feature never before seen footage of some of the greatest events in dance music history from the “2000GC” Millennium Eve event at the Don Valley Stadium, through to road blocked events at the NEC and Summer Sound System. We’re also re-launching the website which will feature member areas, music and video downloads, the launch GC Records and a search for new residents.
This year will also see the addition of at least 2 new Gatecrasher venues in-line with the planned role-out of ten venues across the UK in major cities by the end of 2006.
Gatecrasher is now a world known brand, introducing world class DJ's to almost every part of the UK and abroad.
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