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The WareHouse is Closing

by our Editors in Scene , 26 januari 2016

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With pain in his heart, owner Edgar Bonte has come to the decision to close the WareHouse as of March 1, 2016. The reason for this is a long and protracted conflict with one occupant of the neighboring apartment complex.

Recently, the noise and environmental requirements have become stricter, which made the exploitation of a dance club in the old building on Warmoesstraat 96 impossible. For a club, 98 dB is the bare minimum to give its visitors a true dance feeling.

The many costly changes that were already implemented, including high-tech speaker muffling techniques for contact noise reduction, extensive insulation and other soundproofing, continuous monitoring of dB levels, and sharpened limiter values, eventually did not give the desired outcome.

The only option remaining was a very rigorous renovation of which even the experts involved suspected it would not yield sufficient results.

Again, Amsterdam loses a dance location where gay history was written. With the renowned CockRing as its predecessor, the WareHouse was on track to leave an impressive mark on the gay / open-minded night-life. As partner of ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) and with a very impressive DJ line-up, including guest performances by DJ Honey Dijon, SuperChumbo, Pagano, Chris Bekker, Done&Dusted, Steven Sharp, Gonzalo, D’Johnny, and many other top DJs, the closing of the WareHouse will leave a gap in dance-loving Amsterdam.

Edgar realizes that this certainly holds true for those who found a venue to meet friends in the WareHouse, as well as all the regular customers and staff.

In the upcoming period, the WareHouse still has a very varied program in store. We look forward to four extra AFTER-nights until Sunday morning 11:00, a CockRing Returns night with many former Cockring DJs and other DJs, including Ana Paula from Brazil, YoAv Arnon from Israel, and resident DJs, such as Martin Rivera, Sharon-O-Love, Saeed Ali and Chris Bekker. To the very last minute, the WareHouse will remain “the place to be.” All in all enough reason to keep visiting this historic dance venue.

The closing of the WareHouse will have no consequences for the Rapido and FunHouse events.

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