It’s the end of an era.
Pacha NYC, a New York nightclub staple, announced today that they would be closing their doors after 10 years in the industry. What was once the location of the infamous Sound Factory nightclub in the 90s, Pacha NYC opened in 2005 to continue the legacy as well as start its own tradition.
Even though New York has been known for being a tough city to sustain a nightclub for more than a few years, Pacha withstood the test of time, mainly due to promoter Rob Fernandez who helped elevate the club’s reputation with specialized themed parties, teen nights, major headliners, and so much more. After his sudden passing earlier this year, the club stayed committed to operating without him, and even threw a massive charity concert in his honor. Pacha also hosted a World AIDS day concert to help raise money and awareness for the disease.
Pacha has been closely affiliated with RPM Presents, the company responsible for Pier of Fear, the summer Governor’s Island series, Bk Wrhs parties, and December’s Big Week NYC. There has been no word that RPM Presents will be affected by the announcement, which should calm the fears of fans who have recently purchased tickets to The Chainsmokers NYE Show, Oliver Heldens/Knife Party, or the Anjunabeats Tour.
Over the past decade, some of the biggest names in dance music have shown up at Pacha, some of whom have already tweeted how sad they are that the club will close its doors soon. Though Pacha NYC will close its doors January 2016, they still have massive plans to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary next month, as well a massive-month long blowout in January.
The average nightclub lasts 18 months – we lasted 120. It’s been a wild ride that none of us will ever forget. Our final parties will celebrate the different artists, styles, and scenes that have made Pacha great. – Eddie Dean, President, Pacha NYC
Some headliners/hosts for the 10-year anniversary include P.Diddy, Carnage, Dirty South, and Markus Schulz, which all revolve around a performance on December 12th by Erick Morillo, Pacha’s founding resident and chairman of the board. Their New Year’s Eve will be a marathon, 72-hour classics set from the legendary Jonathan Peters. As for the closing party, Pacha hasn’t announced their lineup, but we can only imagine the caliber of artists who are currently in the running to be the final artist behind the decks.
As someone who had fond memories of late nights/early mornings at Pacha, news of an institution like this closing hurts. It will interesting to see what kind of ripple effect Pacha’s closing will have on the New York dance music scene, as there are no other clubs like it. One can only assume that there will be an influx of patrons at upscale clubs Space Ibiza NY or Marquee NY, or the more relaxed Webster Hall, which would only result in longer lines (but hopefully not higher price tags) for shows.
For more info on Pacha’s closing parties, be sure to follow them on Twitter.