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Sugar Factory closes its doors...

As of Monday the 7th of January Sugar Factory Amsterdam will close its doors and has filed for bankruptcy. The club will no longer be able to host events.

In the last couple of months, the owners of Sugar Factory have done everything they can in order to ensure the survival of the club, but the funds proved inadequate. On the 7th of January 2019 the club will close its doors after fourteen years. The bankruptcy affects more than fifty employees and freelancers. The ticket sales for upcoming gigs and club events, which were planned until the end of April, have been stopped. The owners of Sugar Factory regret that so many people will be duped.

The club/live music venue, which started in 2005 as a night theatre with the aim to bring live music, theatre and club events together, struggled financially for some time now. Over the past year and a half, Sugar Factory worked hard to revamp its musical direction. Even though the club functioned without any form of subsidisation, the exploitation did not garner enough revenue, after which the club has now been forced to file for bankruptcy. The owners of Sugar Factory extensively investigated options for a possible restart, but this has been found impossible due to outstanding debts.

Sugar Factory was open seven days a week. In 2018 alone, the venue organised 405 club events and 165 live concerts, at which they welcomed 157,283 visitors. Sugar Factory was renowned for providing a home base to various subcultures and gave a stage to all kinds of organisations and artists during her existence. The club thus provided room for talent development in all sorts of ways; from giving a chance to up and coming artists and bands to perform and emerging visual artists to exhibit their art. Sugar Factory was a place to discover something new every day.

Collaborating with external organisations has been a big part of Sugar Factory’s history. During the week the stage was given to external promoters while also hosting in-house productions. Additionally the club welcomed many international artists, like J. Dilla, Carl Craig, Gilles Peterson, Roy Ayers, Lily Allen, Modeselektor, Joss Stone, Madlib, Frankie Knuckles, Gregory Porter, Kerri Chandler, SUUNS, Âme & Dixon, Black Coffee, Elijah Wood and many others .

Sugar Factory proudly looks back on the past fourteen years and thanks all staff, organisations, DJs, acts, bands, artists and visitors for the beautiful memories over the years.

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