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Thu 24 May
Author: Jordan


Junk Announces: 13 & Out

13 and Out… Junk is leaving Southampton.

After 13 years at the forefront of South Coast music culture Junk will be leaving the city this Summer. In celebration of 13 years we’re throwing 13 final events “13 and out…” to mark our history in the city. The industry has changed and moved on and so must we…

We’ve had to stand down as an underground venue in the city as it simply isn’t a viable option anymore at the level we operate and with the increase in running costs for the venue year on year.

The culture of UK dance music has changed dramatically and become far more overground than we ever imagined it would be and that is reflected in the number of people seeking out an alternative option. Events are far more about the spectacle and filming the DJ booth and less about the music. We really based Junk on London and Berlin clubs and tried to create and maintain a scene in Southampton but it feels more difficult than ever to achieve this in a way that pays the bills with the club scene largely being about the spectacular and less about the dance floor.

Our attempts to maintain our underground credentials has been further hampered from the much publicised (by way of dramatic and largely exaggerated media reports) public order offence outside the venue in 2016 which hugely disrupted trade and therefore finances for the best part of a year. The venue effectively had the license all but revoked in March 2016 with a reduction in operating hours from 3AM last entry to midnight and closing time of 4am back to 2am.

This was subsequently appealed by our legal team at considerable cost (£50k+) and eventually the review board’s decision was overturned by a magistrates court citing the venue had no influence or was to face no blame for the actions of other individuals involved in the affray in the vicinity of the venue. The whole ordeal adding up to a cost of circa £200k in loses. The venue ran up heavy debts with institutions such as electricity, water and business rates to the point where we have been running a venue with the weekly break even at approx. double the rate.

Up until that point we had planned our biggest year with Junk dates in Berlin, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Iceland, Paris, Fabric and just about to embark on a planned worldwide tour taking in clubs in New York, Chicago, Berlin and Amsterdam.
We’d like to thank all the fans of Junk who have stuck with us and always supported the venue, the Junk brand will continue oversees with European dates TBA and a series of London events we have planned for some time in 2019. There will be no future Junk shows in Southampton after these 13 dates, ever.

New Ownership, New Management, New Venue

As we see out our final 13 events a new, highly experienced management team with past history in London and Ibiza events shall be taking over operations. There will be a huge investment project at the end of the 13 and the will be club will be closed, refurbished and rebranded with an emphasis on the current dance music trends.

Once again we thank you for the support recently and over our 13 years! We’d absolutely love to see out our final 13 parties with you… our full line ups will be announced shortly.