Over the weekend, reports have emerged that the council and the police are putting forward a motion to close the legendary Shoreditch club Plastic People. The reasons posted on the club’s door are: 1. Prevention of Public Nuisance 2. Prevention of Crime / Anti-Disorder
However, the club owners maintain via the Facebook group that there has never been any trouble at the club to justify the proposed action.
The club has hosted some of the most important names in electronic music including Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Ewan Pearson and Four Tet, and has hosted the regular seminal dub step and garage night FWD >> for many years. Dazed & Confused also rocked the venue with one of their more notorious parties, when Aaron Lacrate came to town to exhibit his photography in The Dazed Gallery with guest DJs Mark Ronson and Seb Chew. It is safe to say that Plastic People has a special place in our hearts at Dazed.
The closure of the club would be a sad loss for Shoreditch’s club scene, which has been going from strength-to-strength since it's inception, and the proposal raises concerns that the gentrification of the area will seek to shut down more existing businesses that don’t fit in with this aim. The Foundry is already going to close its doors this year to make way for a new hotel complex.
Online support has been mounting since the news broke with over 7,000 people joining the Facebook group, and #Plastic People shooting up to number nine in Twitter trending topics for London as of this lunch-time, so get involved and add your voice to the campaign. Join the Facebook group here.