Hull’s infamous underground House and Techno Different Language parties started off 9 years ago, throwing events on bank holidays with an outdoor party at Lamp and moved to Spring Bank Tavern, then onto Fruit, the next step was to get their own dedicated space. Gate.5, located on Wincolmlee is a disused, riverside building transformed into a club night venue. It is an exciting, intimate music and creative space, hidden amid an industrial estate, against a backdrop of warehouses, chimneys and factories. This weekend, Gate.5 opens it’s green gates to bring the curtain down on 2 years of existence. We caught up with promoter and Gate 5 operator Martin Hodgson to get an insight into the working of Hull’ unique arts space. 

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After throwing parties in some of Hull’s most obscure locations, Gate 5 on Wincolmlee tops the curveball charts in terms of location and aesthetics. Tell us, how did you come across its availability?

Owning our own venue was always a long-term goal, so we could have artistic control over all areas of the event. Gate No5 was a space we came across accidently whilst viewing another building close by. It’s in a great location, is a perfect size for us and the outdoor space to the rear allows us to take the party outside during the warmer months. It was a lot of hard work convincing the authorities and then a lot of investment (money and time) turning what was a derelict wharf building into a club space.

Do you know what the building used to operate as?

The former wharf building was formally used to fill and export linseed oil to the Middle East.

You already have Shinobi, Hull’s long-serving DnB night throwing events at gate 5 too, With it been such I unique space, what are the plans long term, will the venue be utilised for next year’s City of Culture year?

Food festivals, local musicians, bands, DJ events, art exhibitions, films, private parties, photo shoots, company Christmas parties, and corporate conferences… we get it all! We don’t particularly have any set plans as such, we will continue to tweak and improve Gate No5 for the Different Language events. The City of Culture team have expressed their interest numerous times in wanting to have Gate No5 as part of the Hull’s City of Culture plans in 2017.

Onto this Saturday’s event then, what you got in store for the 2nd Birthday celebrations?

To mark two years of parties at Gate No5 we wanted to invite someone special to mark the occasion. Arguably our biggest guest to date, Circoloco resident Cassy heads up to Hull following a set at Eastern Electrics Festival. Doors open 9pm-4am and the party is set to be an official after party for the Humber Street Seth Festival.

Tickets online here

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