Belfast's The Stiff Kitten venue has closed with immediate effect, with its owners Shine Productions citing lack of finances and a "problematic location". Shine, said it wasn't able to give the club the "attention and considerable investment it requires to thrive again", also blaming the fact that the city's night life has tended to migrate in recent times to a different area, the Cathedral Quarter.
A statement on the Shine website reads: "We hope these good times will live on in people's hearts but it is time for us to move on to other things. We managed to attract some world class acts to our quirky little venue, often badgering artists and their management for months on end until they caved in. It's hard to believe we had the likes of Mark Ronson, Disclosure and Calvin Harris (for £4 admission!) play at our little Belfast club over the years. To all who danced, worked and performed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to do what we love for a living". http://www.shine.net/news/show/id/469