Petition launched to save Junk Southampton from closure

Junk has received support from DJs and clubbers in light of the news that the club may close following a review of its license.

Becca Frankland

Date published: 30th Mar 2016

A statement from Southampton club Junk was issued yesterday (29th March) in response to the claims that the space could potentially be forced to close if the venue's license is reviewed.

The organisers have gone above and beyond to ensure that safety is at the forefront of the clubbing experience there, including increased scanning of ID, searching of customers and extra CCTV surveillance – led by their 'Rave Safe' campaign - but the club is still under scrutiny.

The statement from Junk reads: "After being praised at the end of January there is now a police allegation that drugs and repeated violence due to a management failure over a sustained period of time is a problem at Junk. 

"This is despite the fact that over the same period of time our efforts to work closely with police making various security changes and extra training supplied by the police resulted in the granting of an extension of our license operating hours with a new 3am last entry time from early Jan 2016.

"17 of the incidents were outside our front door and not inside our venue and 8 further incidents were deemed positive i.e. our door staff assisting police in trouble or drug seizures and a further 9 were alleged with no further action taken / unsubstantiated claims."

In light of the potential revoked license, the club has received solid support from some of the DJs that have played there over the years including Skream (above), Artwork, Eats Everything and Leftwing & Kody.

Junk was voted the winner of 'Britain's Best Small Club' at DJ Mag's Best of British awards.

The review will commence on Thursday 5th May. Head here to sign the petition to save Junk Southampton from closure

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