matter to re-open with the best NYE Party in London?

Words by: Tom Jones
Posted: 3/12/10 12:03

matter to re-openFollowing its closure back in May, Greenwhich super-club matter is set to re-open its doors in the early stages of 2011. Coming as a relative surprise, news surfaced on Tuesday via a Gumtree post which was reported to be from the club itself, "seeking managers at all levels." The post also requests applications to be completed speedily in order to have the club fully functional for "the best NYE PARTY in London" - something that now looks to have been an overly optimistic target. Much more likely to open in the new year, matter will no longer have any affiliation with Fabric, its original sister club but will instead be owned by AEG, the company that owns the highly successful O2 centre in which matter is housed.

Launched in 2008 by Fabric owners Cameron Leslie and Keith Rilley, matter was hailed a highly ambitious and ground breaking concept in clubbing. Capable of holding 2,600 revellers, the club also boasted a body kinetic dancefloor and a state of the art soundsystem that was subsequently praised across the board.

However, the venue quickly fell foul to some major problems and therefore struggled to make the impact that everyone was hoping. Firstly, the non-central location itself was an issue but that issue then became exacerbated by prolonged engineering works on the Jubilee Line, the only tube line that runs out to the 02. Leslie claimed that due to these closures, for 60% of the weekends the club was open, you couldn't get there.

By May this year it was claimed that the company owed more than £3 million to creditors, forcing the club to go into administration and then finally to close its doors. That in turn plunged sister club Fabric into administration amid a highly turbulent period for London's clubs which saw the closure of T Bar and temporary closure of Plastic People. Due to a refinancing deal, Fabric was quick to emerge from any serious threat but it has looked for a long time as though matter would not be so lucky.

The announcement of its re-opening will come as yet more welcomed news for London's club scene. Old Street club XOYO has become the latest addition to the city and with Fabric, Plastic People and now even matter seemingly restored to full health, things are once again on the up for clubbers in the capital. Details of the new owners' programming has yet to be revealed but it seems we can be assured that matter, even no longer under control by Fabric, will once again provide a large scale, bespoke clubbing experience for London and the surrounding area. Let's hope that it can now go on to last the entire distance this time round!



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