Is this the end of XXL? London’s gay super-club delivers dramatic announcement of it’s farewell party
The fate of XXL – one of London’s gay super-clubs – has been a long-running sage. This week, things seemed to moving towards an end-game as XXL announced that they would be closing the doors on 21 September.
“Southwark Council and the Mayor’s office have not used any of their powers to prevent the closure of the venue…” said XXL, announcing their closing date on social media. “Our final XXL event at Pulse will be on the 21st September which will also be our 19th Birthday Party.”
“No reasons have been given as to why a diversity impact report was never carried out by Southwark Planning…” continued the statement by XXL. “This development is being funded by oversees investors from homophobic countries, and they have paid Southwark Council £65 million. Southwark Council are happy to take this money and silently watch the social cleansing of its Borough. We have fought very hard to save your space.”
Glitterbox Radio contacted the Mayor of London for an interview about XXL’s statement. In response, the Mayor’s office provided a statement.
“XXL Nightclub has been a crucial part of the city’s LGBTQ+ night life for almost two decades but faces closure due to a planning decision made by the previous Mayor…” read the statement from the Mayor. “The Night Czar, Amy Lamé has worked with the club for two years to try to save it from closure, raising the issue with the local council, exploring options for new premises and offering support through the Mayor’s London Growth Hub. Following meetings with the Night Czar, the Culture at Risk Office and Southwark Council, the developer has agreed that the planned cultural space in their development will be protected for LGBTQ+ use.
“That’s a lie…” XXL told Glitterbox Radio. “In the first meeting, Amy Lamé said that she couldn’t do anything – that was after the Mayor and all the deputy mayors sent us rejection letters saying it wasn’t their jurisdiction. When we met again to propose the XXL Beacon project, she said they wouldn’t get involved because no one on the scene can get on. I said we would privately fund it and she said ‘then maybe’. After that, she never helped us with anything. In fact, at the second emergency meeting she asked us in front of Councillor Situ if we thought we had the backing of the whole gay scene – we said, ‘for Beacon yes’. She said, ‘I don’t think so’ and then quoted Mark’s [Mark Ames, owner of the club] comments, which he had later apologised, for regarding banning heels from the club. That’s the truth.”
We may not have heard the last of this story.