Sad news has just emerged that London creative hub FOLD has, unfortunately, had its license revoked with immediate effect. The venue that operated on an extended license regularly plays host to top promoters such as Picnic, Goosebumps, Stump, and Cartulis who were set to celebrate their 10th birthday at the venue on Friday, November 15th as well as Half Baked who also celebrate their 10th birthday on Sunday, December 1st. This all looks to be thrown into serious doubt in the wake of as-yet proven allegations being leveled at the club by Newham Council.
In this heartfelt statement from FOLD it is clear that there is much to discuss between the club and Newsham Council…
“We regretfully announce that our license to operate has been suspended by Newham Council. This news has hit us by surprise and extremely hard.
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 are currently appealing the suspension with the aim to maintain our operation for this weekend and events moving forward.
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.
More information coming soon.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to FOLD, all the staff and the promoters involved at the venue for a speedy and positive resolution.