The Sanctuary Music Arena
was a 3,000 capacity music venue in Denbigh North
, Milton Keynes
in the UK
. - NME
retrieved 17 Dec 2009 It opened its doors on December 6, 1991 to ESP promotions event called Dreamscape. Its also billed as the first and only designer dance venue in the country.
The Sanctuary saw some of the UK's first legal Raves
and was pivotal in the development of numerous underground electronic dance music genres, subgenres and styles. The Sanctuary played host to the UK's biggest dance music promoters, including Dreamscape, Helter Skelter Rave
, Slammin Vinyl, The Cult, - Last.fm Gatecrasher
, Hardcore Heaven, Cream
, Uproar and Godskitchen
. The venue attraced a national audience to its legendary 12 hour all night events.
From 1995 onwards various promoters would occasionally use the adjacent "Rollers UK" roller skating
rink and the "Fastrack" go-karting
area in conjunction with the Sanctuary, creating an 8,000 capacity multi arena venue, one of the largest of its kind in the country.
The Sanctuary finally closed its doors on 10 July 2004 in which Slammin Vinyl held the final event with a capacity of 12,000, with an event that hosted some of the best UK hardcore
, Drum & Bass
, Old Skool
and Hard Dance
DJs from across the country. Sadly this legendary venue was subsequently demolished to make way for a new IKEA
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