In tribute to The Harley
Sheffield’s dance music community was dealt a huge blow last week as news broke of the immediate closure of The Harley. The venue made the announcement last Friday in a now-deleted Facebook post, citing “mounting financial pressures” as the reason behind the decision. Many heartfelt tributes from the city’s music community soon followed, with particular emphasis placed on the venue’s role as an incubator and development arena for emergent DJ talent and club nights. Here at PFTP, the venue will always conjure fond memories as the site of our launch party back in 2013, when house music don Prosumer came through for an all-night session.
PFTP co-founder Steve Rimmer said: “The Harley was a place we were connected to for a long time. We held PFTP launch events there, fundraising events, and attended many events over the years. We were sad to see this as a venue no longer exist as somewhere that promoters across so many genres used and enjoyed. Moving forward I think this is also a reminder of how we should support our local music venues where possible, to ensure they don't fall victim to a similar fate - although with the Sheffield scene moving from strength to strength i'm sure the void will eventually be filled.”
Many promoters and parties have become synonymous with the venue. We have collated some of the best tributes in celebration of its spirit and legacy below: