In the history of dance music, one thing cannot be denied, a venue can be equally as important as the music and over the years we have seen some of the UK\u2019s most legendary rave and club venues close down. In many cases, this left a huge hole in the hearts of all the ravers and clubbers who frequented these churches of dance throughout the 90's and beyond, often never to be replaced. In this roundup Retroheadz take a look at some of the most iconic rave and club venues that are sadly no longer with us but for those that went to them probably have some amazing, yet hazy memories of the best rave and club venues they ever went to in the UK. Which ones did you get the chance to party at? Dance Academy \u2013 Plymouth Set in the surrounding of an old opera house Dance Academy was a mecca for ravers across the South West of England and beyond. Famously hosting nights such as Eyecon and Legends of the Dark Black it boasted a massive sound system as well as a maze of passageways that would often cause confusion in the early hours of the morning. The club opened in 1997 in quickly started attracting top DJs, from Sasha to Roni Size. Unfortunately, it closed its doors in 2006 after police reportedly found drugs on the premises. The iconic building has been left to rot ever since despite numerous attempts to save it. The club opened in 1997 in quickly started attracting top DJs, from Sasha to Roni Size. Unfortunately, it closed its doors in 2006 after police reportedly found drugs on the premises. The iconic building has been left to rot ever since despite numerous attempts to save it. Bagleys \u2013 London People have mixed emotions when it comes to Bagleys, on one hand, they all agree that all had a good time. On the other hand, they will say that it was a logistical nightmare. Bagleys was a massive complex of warehouses and rooms in Kings Cross, London. Composed of six rooms it hosted some of the UK\u2019s biggest rave names including its most legendary parties Slammin\u2019 Vinyl and World Dance. The venue was said to be the closest you could get to a legal rave without it actually being illegal. The venue changed its name to Canvas in 2003 and shut down in 2008. It is now on the site of one of London\u2019s biggest commercial developments. Composed of six rooms it hosted some of the UK\u2019s biggest rave names including its most legendary parties Slammin\u2019 Vinyl and World Dance. It is now on the site of one of London\u2019s biggest commercial developments. The Republic \/ Gatecrasher One \u2013 Sheffield Gatecrasher was the home of Hard Dance in the UK, whether it was Hard House or Trance that floated your boat this was the place to go. As well as huge global following thanks to the Gatecrasher nights in Ibiza the club became famous for helping spawn the Cyber Raver movement in the early naughties. Formerly named The Republic and opening in 1995 its name was changed in 2003 to Gatecrasher to further promote The Republic\u2019s most successful night. Alas Gatecrasher One was forced to close in 2007 after a massive fire destroyed the building. It has now been demolished. Sterns \/ Mansion House \u2013 Worthing If you wanted to witness the true hedonistic nights of the early rave scene then Sterns just outside Worthing in West Sussex was where to find it. Set in the Sussex countryside in an old manor house Sterns was legendary for its all night, anything goes nights. Like many nights back then it wasn\u2019t unheard of for its biggest promoter In-Ter-Dance to have a house Dj like Evil Eddie Richards followed by Hardcore Techno by Lenny Dee followed by a Jungle DJ like Mickey Finn. It was this eclectic mix of genre\u2019s coupled with the novelty of raving in a manor house that keeps Sterns in the memories of those that visited it. The venue came to an end in 1997 although it was re-opened again as The Mansion House. Unfortunately, it would never reach the same heights as its predecessor and is now a tea room. The Sanctuary Music Arena \u2013 Milton Keynes If you were a raver in the nineties or early noughties then you will have heard of, or probably been to, The Sanctuary. It truly was the spiritual home of the Happy Hardcore scene as well as the Drum & Bass scene. Famous for hosting nights such as Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, Hardcore Heaven and Slammin\u2019 Vinyl. Anyone who was anyone played there too. One element that made it so legendary was its 12-hour license, meaning you could go and rave for twelve solid hours if you had it in you. Speak to anyone who went there and they will always tell you the same things, the atmosphere was incredible and the bouncy floor in the Technodrome was a true wonder. The Sanctuary opened at the height of the UK rave scene in 1991 and closed in 2004. The venue has since been demolished and is now the site of the MK Dons football stadium. Cream \u2013 Liverpool Surely Liverpool\u2019s most famous club, after The Cavern. Cream quickly became a pilgrimage for any self-respecting House or trance fan. Hosting pretty much every big name in the house and trance scene over the years, including the likes of Paul Van Dyke, Tiesto and Alex P & Brandon Block. Cream became a global brand with nights all over the world including a residency at legendary Ibiza nightclub Amnesia. As with so many venues, Cream has now been forced to close down to make way for a new block of flats but not to fear as the council is building an all new superclub underneath the development. If only all councils were so forward thinking. Hacienda \u2013 Manchester The original House club in the UK The Hacienda started out life as a venue for bands during the 1980\u2019s quickly immersing itself in the burgeoning House sounds from Chicago thanks to resident bands New Order and The Happy Mondays. Before long Hacienda was at the forefront of the UK dance music scene with its resident DJ\u2019s Graham Park, Mike Pickering, Jon DaSilva and Laurent Garnier all pushing the sound forward. The club embodied the scene with its stark industrial image and hedonistic reputation. The club finally succumbed to its own success as organised crime took over and the feel-good vibes were replaced by gangland shootings and invasive drug dealings, this and a few other business factors lead to its demise in 1997. Hacienda\u2019s name still lives on though as the apartments built on top of the old site carry the name. Think we\u2019ve missed any? Let us know in the comments and share your memories of these legendary dance and rave venues. Up Next: 8 more legendary venues we used party hard at across the UK that are no longer with us.