District 8 has announced it is closing at the end of January 2019

District 8, one of Dublin’s underground music venues, has announced its final dates before closing at the end of January.

The club is situated in the Tivoli Theatre, on Francis Street, and has been in operation since 2014. The original theatre was built in the 1930s.

The closure comes as the Tivoli and surrounding buildings are to be demolished to make way for the development of a five-storey, 260-bedroom aparthotel on the site. The development will also include retail units, restaurants and a new cultural theatre, in what will be known as Tivoli Square.

The final shows will take place on January 25th and 26th, with the performing acts yet to be announced. International acts such as Amelie Lens, Ben Klock and Groove Armada have all been announced in D8’s winter lineup so far.

In a statement on social media, the District 8 team said: “”What started as a pop-up club night to run a small series of shows quickly became something way bigger than any of us could have imagined.

“We have to pinch ourselves that we’re still here five years later, running one of the biggest clubs in Ireland. We honestly feel that when District 8 is in full swing, it’s the best atmosphere we’ve ever experienced in any club but that’s all down to you guys. The people who have been going week in, week out.”

The team behind District 8 stated that this will not be the end for District 8 despite the demolition of the Tivoli: “District 8 does not finish with the Tivoli and we are planning lots of special things for the future.”

District 8 is the second nightclub in Dublin’s inner city to announce its close in the last 12 months, following another popular underground venue Hangar, located in the building formerly known as Andrew’s Lane Theatre. The closure of District 8 means Dublin no longer has a large-capacity electronic and dance music venue, damaging nightlife in the city.

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