A brief history of Stealth
STEALTH IS A HAVEN FOR LIKE-MINDED DANCE MUSIC LOVERS.
A CAREFULLY CRAFTED INSTITUTION BUILT TO APPEASE ALL OF YOUR CLUBBING NEEDS.
ITS DESERVED REPUTATION AS THE MIDLANDS’ NUMBER ONE CLUB IS A RESULT OF RELENTLESSLY SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST IN FORWARD THINKING MUSIC, THROUGH ITS UNRIVALLED FUNKTION ONE SOUND SYSTEM.
WEEK IN. WEEK OUT.
FOR ELEVEN YEARS AND COUNTING.
Stealth first opened its doors back in 2004. Building upon Nottingham’s vast musical heritage and influenced by the city’s legendary nightclubs such as The Bomb, Venus, Kool Kat & The Garage; Stealth soon welcomed globally recognised artists such as Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier, Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Derrick Carter - rapidly becoming the go to club for local music enthusiasts. Due to its sound system and consistent high calibre guests, Stealth made an instant impact on the nightlife scene, winning the BEDA award for ‘Best Club In The Midlands’ in its first year of opening. Stealth continued to grow year by year, working with a number of acclaimed club nights to attract music fans from all over the country, and the awards continued, winning the title of ‘Best Club’ at the Nottingham Bar and Club Awards. Stealth has never taken its finger off the pulse of the music scene, pushing underground House & Techno, along with Drum & Bass, Grime, Breakbeat, Hip-Hop and Electronica - and has additionally continued to move ahead of the times supporting emerging musical genres in their infancy.
When dubstep arrived on the scene, Stealth welcomed in the likes of Skream, Benga, Rusko, Plastician and Digital Mystikz to satisfy the nations thirst for all things deep, dark and bass heavy. Then as the dubstep sound progressed and took a high octane turn towards bone shattering drops and distorted synths, artists such as Flux Pavilion and Skrillex all took to the helm to play at a club that now had a nationwide recognition. Stealth achieved a great deal in a short space of time and its reputation continued to grow at an alarming rate with its weekly Saturday ‘Stealth Vs Rescued’ winning Best Club Night at the 2010 Nottingham Bar and Club Awards.
By the end of 2010, Stealth was putting the spotlight onto electronic artists such as Bonobo, Jamie XX, James Blake, Rustie, Mount Kimbie, Dislosure and Joy Orbison. It was around the beginning of 2011 that the regeneration of house music began. Stealth’s club nights boasted lineups including rising talent at the time such as Jamie Jones, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles and Julio Bashmore as well as existing giants in the game like Four Tet & Claude Vonstroke. While the house music movement gathered pace, so did Stealth’s popularity and by the end of 2012 Stealth and dollop put out arguably the biggest New Year’s Eve lineup in the country. Artists such as DJ EZ, Shadow Child, Melé, Julio Bashmore, Oneman, Miguel Campbell, Waze & Odyssey, Duke Dumont and many more all took to the decks to smash Stealth into 2013 as one of DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 Clubs In The World’.
Not showing any signs of slowing down, 2013 saw Stealth play host to Everywhere Festival, Nottingham’s biggest indoor dance music festival alongside several other venues, which has gone on to become a nationally recognised event. Artists such as Eats Everything, Bondax, Kurupt FM, Disclosure, MK, SBTRKT, Cyril Hahn and Jackmaster all contributing towards an unforgettable clubbing experience. At the time this was undoubtedly the high point of the club since it first opened, and it was decided that the next logical step forward was to refurbish the room that so many held such fond memories of, Stealth Room One.
After the refurbishment, the old Room One was rendered almost unrecognisable. The main change being that the bar was completely repositioned to allow for a far larger sea of dance music advocates. The DJ booth was tripled in size to create an unrivalled atmosphere as clubbers would be able to look up and see institutions in the industry all stood side by side, artists such Shadow Child, Eats Everything, My Nu Leng, Dusky, DJ EZ, Redlight, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Paul Woolford, KiNK, Route 94, Scuba, Ben Pearce, Daniel Avery, Cause & Affect, George Fitzgerald and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs would all soon be utilising the extra room. The sound was also improved, with numerous infill speakers fitted to bolster the intensity and clarity of the tracks being pumped out of the infamous custom built Funktion One stacks. In addition to this, the lighting rig was upgraded with state of the art visuals to leave no stone of the senses unturned.
After overwhelming positive feedback, it’s safe to say the new room didn’t disappoint and
what better way to round off an incredible year than a dollop NYE party that was described by FACT magazine as the one of the best lineups in the entire country. Huge names in the music industry such as Bondax, Jackmaster, Hannah Wants, Loefah, Boddika, Kidnap Kid, Woz and Skream all made sure it was a very happy New Year indeed.
Prior to breaking into the mainstream, artists such as Disclosure, Skepta, Rudimental, Blonde, Dizzee Rascal, Gorgon City, Ed Sheeran, MK, DJ Fresh, Route 94, John Newman, Disciples, Chase & Status, David Zowie, Wilkinson, Philip George, Sigma & Tinie Tempah have all performed shows at Stealth. But whatever music you are into - whether it be underground German Techno played by residents from Berghain & Panorama Bar; cutting edge House & Disco played by regulars on Boiler Room; up-and-coming Grime MCs plying their trade; dancing to your favourite throwback tracks & guilty pleasures with your housemates; or watching some of the world’s biggest artists performing an intimate secret show - you are sure to find it catered for at the club.
Stealth has kept up with the evolution of dance music, and that’s one of the key factors to its success; its relevance to what’s current in the world of music. However Stealth is also considerate to the fact that individuals musical tastes do not change quite so often. This is why there are nights at Stealth that pay homage to the roots of modern dance music. Old school UK Garage, 90’s dance, hip- hop and disco all feature at Stealth on a regular basis.
The Stealth goal is simple. To unite people through music, to showcase the world’s best artists, to install excitement and anticipation, to create memories that stay with you for life, to make that walk home in the morning sun through squinted eyes worth every single step.
SINCE OPENING IN 2004, WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS
￼‘Top 100 Clubs In The World 2013, 2014 & 2015’ - DJ Magazine
‘Best Club’ - Nottingham Bar & Club Awards
‘Best Club In The Midlands’ - The BEDA Awards
‘Best Club Night for Stealth Vs Rescued’ Nottingham Bar & Club Awards
‘Highly Commended Club’ - Best Bar None Awards
‘Best Small Club In The UK’ DJ Mag Best of Bristish Awards Nomination