O2 incident closes music venue

Greenwich Council has temporarily closed live music venue Proud2, at London’s O2, after a serious incident earlier this month.

Following an interim hearing last week, the club will remain closed until a full licence review hearing, which is due on October 4.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service confirmed that police were called to licensed premises at the Greenwich arena in the early hours of September 2 following reports of a fight, and found two men with stab wounds. They said two men were arrested in connection with the incident, and enquiries were continuing.

A document from Greenwich Council, detailing its decision temporarily to suspend the venue’s licence, said the police confirmed that a “serious disorder incident” had occurred that was “detrimental to the prevention of crime and disorder objective”, and which had a “potential impact” for policing the rest of Greenwich.

The club, which hosts live music, DJ nights and burlesque and circus performances, has rescheduled four of its events in other venues.

Alex Proud, who owns Proud2 as well as the venues Proud Camden and Proud Cabaret, told The Stage that his main concern was for an injured person hurt during the incident.

He said he was “relieved” that the person’s condition had improved and that he hoped the club would be able to reopen following the council meeting in October, when he would present his case.

“We are confident the club will reopen, but perhaps with some new conditions pertaining to our licence, such as maybe closing the club a couple of hours earlier,” he said.

The 3,750-capacity venue currently has a 24-hour drinking licence.

Proud added: “I am profoundly upset and disappointed at what we think is the police’s heavy-handed approach. Even if we win in a month’s time and can reopen, [the temporary closure] will have massively affected the club’s viability because a lot of the promoters will have become understandably nervous and moved their nights.”

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