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Tuesday 4 August 2015

Belfast nightclub Stiff Kitten shuts its doors

By Claire Cromie

Published 04/06/2014 | 15:45

STIFF KITTEN CLOSES - LOOKING BACK: The Belsonic 2014 launch party on May 3
STIFF KITTEN CLOSES - LOOKING BACK: The Belsonic 2014 launch party on May 3
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
The Belsonic 2014 launch party on 3 May at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Rory O'Reilly, Hayley McCrudden, Edel Russell and Francis McAhaughey at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Ceara McCool and Phillip Hautin at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Payton Doherty, Mollie Summers, Terri-Anne McAlan at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Katie Hughes, Emma Barratt, Niall Dillon at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Gareth Cairnduff and Alex Dance at Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Beck's Vier 'Music Inspires Art' event in the Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Free runners perform at the Beck's Vier 'Music Inspires Art' event in the Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Free runners perform at the Beck's Vier 'Music Inspires Art' event in the Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Free runners perform at the Beck's Vier 'Music Inspires Art' event in the Stiff Kitten, Belfast
Sarah-Jane Murphy and Sam Murphy at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Clare O'Toole, Sarah-Jane Murphy, Laura Dunlop and Sarah Reel at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Carleen Hughes, Rachel McIlveen and Christina Jones at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Seana Hammill and Lauren Mallon at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Patricia O'Lynn and Orla McAlister at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Nicola McGarry, Maria McAlea and Orla McAlister at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Christine McGeery, Christina Lensi, Emma McGarry at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Shannon O'Neill, Danielle Loughran and Maria McAlea at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Debra and Nicola McFall with Liane McReanor at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Nicola & Sam Murphy at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Colleen Coulter, Jenny McCallion and Aoibheann Gillispie-Mules at Stiff Kitten Night Club Belfast
Joanne McAuley from Belfast enjoys a night out with best friend Karen Willis from Lurgan at the Stiff Kitten
Crook sisters Becky and Katie from Ballymena enjoy the night out at Stiff Kitten
Ballymena friends Nikeela Fletcher, Kelley McBride, Janine Gaston enjoy the night out at the Stiff Kitten

Belfast nightclub Stiff Kitten has shut its doors, the owners have announced.

The venue, which was run by by Shine Productions, has been based at Bank Square beside the Moviehouse cinema in the city centre since 2005.

But the firm said it was unable to reach agreement with the building's landlord about the venue's future.

It told customers on its Facebook page on Wednesday: "It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to close the doors of the Stiff Kitten for the last time today and move on."

It added: "The Stiff Kitten site has always been a problematic location to do business in, and this has only became more of a challenge in recent years with a general shift towards the Cathedral Quarter.

"This coupled with the many other projects our associated businesses have to focus on, has meant that we cannot give the Stiff Kitten the attention and considerable investment it requires to thrive again. It was very much a club of its time, and that time has now passed."

The bar hosted a string of successful bands and DJs from Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris to Two Door Cinema Club and Chase and Status.

In April it held the launch party for Belsonic 2014.

Shine Productions said it had some "exciting new projects in the pipeline" but thanked everyone who had worked and performed at the venue.

"We have so many happy memories associated with this place and the wonderful nights we've put on there over the last decade," it added.

"We hope these good times will live on in people's hearts but it is time for us to move on to other things."

Further reading

Belsonic 2014 line-up revealed: Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro and Example among headliners 

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