Nishi-Azabu club Eleven due to close

The Tokyo hotspot formerly known as Space Lab Yellow is shutting its doors... again

Nishi-Azabu club Eleven due to close

It was one of the most impressive second acts the Tokyo club scene had ever witnessed, but Nishi-Azabu's Eleven – the successor to legendary nightspot Space Lab Yellow – is due to close on May 25. As any veteran raver can tell you, the original Yellow was one of Tokyo's prime party spots for 16 years, before finally closing in 2008 to make way for the demolition of its building. But when the global financial crisis kicked in, it gave that same building – and its subterranean tenant – a temporary reprieve. The two-floor club – a popular stomping ground for veteran spinners like François K and Timmy Regisford – was renovated and reopened in February 2010, with many of the same staff involved.

Sadly, it looks like the comeback was relatively short-lived: Eleven's building is due for an overhaul at the end of the month, meaning that the club will be closing its doors once more on May 25. Coming so soon after the shuttering of nearby Warehouse702, it marks another blow for Tokyo's nightlife, particularly the house and techno scenes, though hopefully this one will be temporary. Eleven's Yuko Ichikawa insists that it will be reopening at a later date – though they can't say exactly when yet.

If you'd like to go and shake your rump in the club one last time before it closes, parties to look out for over its final few weeks include Daniel Wang on May 10, Mariana 4th Anniversary with Peter van Hoesen on May 11, Neel and Brando Lupi on May 17 and Andre Galluzzi on May 25. The most emotional one is likely to be on May 18, when New York house icon Timmy Regisford – who once played for a gobsmacking 18 hours at the old Yellow – brings his The Shelter party for one last hurrah.

By James Hadfield
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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