Not really. There doesn’t seem to have been much of a reaction apart from an overwhelming sense of apathy. This is most noticeable by the lack of mainstream press regarding Dstrkt London’s closure. It seems to have been very hush hush and swept under the carpet.
The reaction to Dstrkt London’s closure is a far cry from that of the short-lived closure of Fabric. The public were practically up in arms when Fabric was shut down! But, Fabric is regarded as an institution, one of the biggest clubs in Europe, a symbol of clubbing that has become even more symbolic after its closure ordeal.
But why doesn’t anyone feel the same about the fact that Dstrkt London has closed? It’s a very well-known brand that’s been around for the last 10 years in London’s West End. Without any prior knowledge of Dstrkt, one would think it is the kind of closure that would incite some sort of reaction and dismay at the seeming decline of nightlife in the UK.
However, a deeper consideration of the factors at play shows the fact that Dstrkt London closed and no-one seems to care in a completely different light. Relatively recently, there was a large outcry against the institutional racism that seemed to be prevalent in a number of nightclubs. Particularly with regard to Dstrkt London, there has been a string of incidents including when a group of black women were turned away from the club for being “too dark” and “too overweight”. Irrespective of whether this is true or not, the fact that there was such a huge outcry and then a media-led investigation into clubbing racism will have turned many people against those clubs mentioned. We all should be extremely aware nowadays of the issues with the mainstream media, particularly the interests behind publishing certain stories. But it was such a public indemnification of Dstrkt London by so many publications that most potential customers would have been swayed without proof.
In our opinion, the general vibe and feel of Dstrkt London is enough to turn the majority of people off the club.They most certainly give the impression that they are solely looking for a certain elite clientele to frequent the establishment; they were a kind of private members club without the private status. This lauding of elitism would not sit well with the general populace, nor with clubbers who on the whole are just looking for a good time in an atmosphere of inclusion.
We know why Dstrkt London closed – a group of Albanians allegedly started a fight which spilled out onto the street and resulted in a number of stabbings. But it is also interesting to discuss why no one seems to care that Dstrkt London closed. One thing is for sure, whether it was racism, elitism, or anything else that contributed to the lack of apathy shown by clubbers, there are lessons to be learned here from Dstrkt London’s closure. We cannot say with any certainty why Dstrkt London closed, but MyClubConnect nevertheless will always promote a feeling of inclusion and respect among peers and wants clubbing to be a space to explore our own and others’ personalities. Clubbing should be an exercise in fun with all people, never an exercise in exclusion. People not caring about Dstrkt London’s closure, whether they did anything wrong or not, can be seen as a societal outcry against the latter.
MCC love x