The owners of the 02, AEG, have confirmed that the London superclub will shut its doors for the foreseeable future.
Officials at the three-floor, 2,600 capacity venue in Greenwich have been working over the past few days to avoid closing permanently. In a statement released yesterday, however, the owners of the 02, AEG, confirmed to Music Week that the club "has temporarily closed over the summer period with a view to re-launching later in the year. This decision has been taken by the owners of matter. The reopening will be considered over the course of the next few months and we will keep you advised when further information is available."
The club began in 2008 as a project undertaken by the team behind London's fabric. Housed in the Millennium Dome, its numbers suffered from its far-flung location, but the experience of the club itself was often described in glowing terms, most notably its soundsystem and "body kinetic dance floor." Accounts published elsewhere have claimed that the company owes more than three million pounds to creditors. Nonetheless, the club hosted parties featuring house and techno brands such as Cocoon and Circo Loco, drum & bass legends Andy C and Goldie and more pop-orientated affair like Method Man and Candi Staton. Its temporary closure leaves the city with only Ministry of Sound reliably catering to fans of the big-room dance music experience.
There is no word at the moment where events scheduled for matter will be moving, but keep an eye on RA's event listings over the course of the next few weeks: Parties of this size will surely be finding new homes throughout the city.