It is not often in the increasingly saturated market of house and techno events that you find a truly unique venue which both embodies a city’s character and acts as the perfect cauldron for the more industrial of genres. Gate No.5, now unwillingly talked about in the past tense due to the recent announcement of its closure, was one of those venues – a true dungeon of dance music.
Fittingly, for the final outing of the venue, the Different Language crew invited yet another dynamic selector and the rapidly rising star to close the Gate for the very last time, Paris’ Rex Club resident, Molly.
To kick off proceedings was Tom Gibbins, followed by a B2B from Bourge and Matt Gray, who preloaded the sell-out crowd with a double dose of chunky, bass-driven selections. Once again, the incessant quality of the local talent which is forever on show at Different Language is a testament to the growing pool of seasoned DJs that reside in Hull. However, before Molly could treat the crowd to a special farewell at the Gate, Different Language took to the decks to permeate the room with a dynamic showcase of rhythmic and compelling grooves.
With a license extension taking the party on till 4am, Molly took the helm for a three-and-a-half hour journey. As has become the norm, the concrete and iron arena filled with a thick smog and a devilish red light one last time, setting the scene for a truly ‘underground’ feel not dissimilar from Ohm bar in Berlin. Molly kicked things off with an unfaltering minimalist groove which gradually dissipated as deep chords embellished with driving drums took the floor to a euphoric clamour. By the time jerky beats and metallic acid samples found their way into the set Molly had already converted the floor to her own, and both she and the Gate rocked one last time to a masterful set of Rex Club magic.
Making Gate No.5 a place to remember was not without its trials and tribulations, and tributes must go to Different Language founder Martin Hodgson and everyone else involved in bringing about and transforming such a special place to get lost in.
In summary of the experience throwing parties at Gate No.5, and the future of the Different Language parties, Martin had these words to say,
“We are obviously gutted to leave Gate No.5 but nothing good lasts forever and we leave on a massive high. Setting up in that wharf building was a year in the making, convincing the authorities it was a good idea was half the battle…it took so much time, money and effort. But of course, it was worth it.
We’ve had some amazing parties there, artists such as Tobi Neumann, Guti, Cassy, Onur Ozer, Rossko, Martin Buttrich, Enzo Siragusa and Dana Ruh have all done their thing there and that makes me immensely proud.
Is this the end of Different Language? Well, that would be telling wouldn’t it…”
It is without a doubt that Gate No.5 has significantly contributed to cementing Hull’s name in the UK rave scene. Whatever Gate No.5’s future, it will sure as hell leave us with a head full of brilliant memories and outstanding music.
Words: Samuel Peter Asquith
Some Image Highlights of the Different Language parties at Gate No.5 by Chris Pepper