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Disappointed nightclubs in Cov respond after Freedom Day delay.


ENTERTAINMENT venues across Coventry and Warwickshire have been forced to alter plans for re-opening after the Government put a hold on further lifting of lockdown restrictions yesterday. A number of venues were planning a big return from June 17 - and had already sold tickets.

And one venue in Coventry has warned there could be widespread closure throughout the sector unless they are given more support.

JJ's nightclub, at the Sky Dome in Coventry has also released a statement about their upcoming events, expressing its frustration and disappointment following the Government's decision.

It wrote: "Having been closed for almost 16 months, we are very disappointed by today's decision. The late night sector, including clubs like ours in the Midlands, urgently needs additional financial support from the Treasury.

"Unlike other parts of hospitality, we have not been allowed to trade. Despite the fact that we have no income coming in, we have rates to pay, furlough coming to an end and landlords that will want paying when the moratorium on rents ends later this month (31 June 2021).

"If the Government doesn't act now, we stand to lose more of our iconic late night venues that have been at the heart of local late night economies for years."

"Please note that in terms of tickets already sold for June 21st and beyond, the venue has had contingency plans in place for this scenario, whereby pre-purchased tickets will be honoured or refunded if required. It is worth noting that when the club does open, JJ's has a great line up of entertainment planned and knows the demand is there, as several nights have already sold out."

Kasbah, a nightclub in Coventry which sold out of tickets for its planned reopening night within just one hour due to revellers being keen to get back to hitting the town.

But the club has been forced to re-evaluate its plans after the announcement by Boris Johnson that any further loosening of restrictions will be delayed.

Kasbah posted the following announcement on its instagram page yesterday evening: "Following on from the latest government announcements, our reopening nights part 1 and part 2 have moved to Monday 19th July and Tuesday 20th July.

"All tickets for both events are transferable to these new dates and refunds are permitted if you cannot make the new dates. Please contact Skiddle directly for your refund."

"We are awaiting new dates for our Chase and Status event on the 3rd July and for Patrick Topping on the 17th July - we will post an update as soon as we have one."

"All other events after the 19th July are expected to continue as normal at this time."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 17, 2021
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