East London nightclub FOLD reportedly ordered to close

The club claims that its 24-hour license was suspended by Newham Council last night

FOLD, the east London nightclub that opened with a 24-hour license last year, has been ordered to close by Newham Council, Resident Advisor reports.

Writing on Instagram this morning, the 600-capacity venue wrote: “Last night, serious accusations were brought to us and the local licensing committee. As a result of such, our license has been suspended and an immediate shut down of the club, without fair trial, has been imposed.”

“We feel extremely blessed to have built a community around FOLD that can’t be compared or replicated. Every single one of you has made FOLD more than just four walls and a sound-system; we all have created a new way of thinking, a way of uniting and more importantly, given a refreshing meaning to the words safe space. This is all thanks to you, our community.”

“We offer our most sincere apologies to anyone affected by this decision, we can ensure you that we are working as hard as we can to get to the bottom of this, no matter what. You are the reason we are fighting, and are our daily motivation. Stay put, we are not giving up.”

They add that they are currently appealing the suspension and hope to remain open this weekend and for all scheduled events in future.

In an email to Dazed, a Newham Council spokesperson said: “I can confirm that following the receipt of an application for a summary review of the premises licence for the Arts in the East Ltd, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, E16 4SA (Fold Night Club) from the Metropolitan Police, Members of Newham Licensing Committee met on November 11 and agreed an interim suspension of the licence. At the request of the licence holders a further hearing on the decision to suspend the licence on an interim basis will be held on Friday November 15, where the licence holders will be allowed to make representations and challenge the decision of Members.”

Details of the November 11 committee hearing can be seen here. In an attached document from the Metropolitan Police, the application to review the license relates to allegations of fraud. £200,000 of “high value DJ equipment” suspected of being purchased with “fraudulent funds” was seized and two arrests have been made.

Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, told Dazed: “I’m aware that FOLD’s license has been suspended and am currently in contact with the venue, Newham Council, and the Metropolitan Police about this matter.”

We have approached FOLD for comment.

Read FOLD’s Instagram post above.