The name Andrew’s Lane Theatre probably triggers a myriad of memories for Dubliners of various ages. Some may recall going to see topical plays there, plays that the Abbey and Gate would not host under their proscenium arches, back when it was actually used as a theatre. For others Andrew’s Lane Theatre represents a lost era of clubbing, filled with messy freshers’ week foam parties, or countless face paint-filled Friday nights bopping at WAR.
Over the past few years, the venue has undergone some management and structural changes yet never truly managing to use the venue to its’ full potential. Hangar hopes to do just that. With a stripped back warehouse space, this no frills take on the space could be just what it needs. Housing a state of the art Funktion 1 sound system, and awesome visuals designed by Le Tissier; Hangar looks set to rival any of the top clubs in mainland Europe. The venue has been designed by Kingston Lafferty Design and above the main warehouse room, there is a converted loft space, which acts as a more intimate second room, which has been decorated by nightlife collective, Hunt & Gather. Following a few soft launches over the past few weeks, as well as being one of the official venues for the Web Summit’s socialising at Night Summit – the buzz about the place is increasing by the day.
Hangar presents itself as a temporary home to collectives, promoters, groups and club nights across the city. Eileen Denham, the lady behind this rejuvenation, hopes that creative collectives such as theatre groups and artists can use the space to rehearse, put on exhibitions and performances at no cost, bringing it back to its’ original theatrical roots by day. During the festive season there are plans to host Christmas markets and a café during the day, with crafts and clothing on sale.
2015 will see Hangar launching a live music calendar, with early evening gigs hosting acoustic acts. The night-time schedule will remain the same with top international DJs playing until the wee hours. Hangar is already set for great things, with a plethora of promoters lined up to collaborate with the The Building Society on Saturday nights – with Together Disco, All City Records, and Twin Dublin amongst them. As the cherry on top, Hangar’s location couldn’t be better if it tried.. It’s smack bang in the middle of the city centre, with a mere 2 minute walk to your chosen greasy food vendor or taxi when you finally decide to call it a night. So, got any plans for Saturday night? Pop on down to Hangar, you won’t be disappointed.