The Arches is to appeal against last week’s decision by the Glasgow Licensing Board to impose a 12am curfew on the acclaimed city centre venue. The Board of Directors for The Arches met last night to review all possible options for the venue moving forward.
The latest development follows an online petition to re-instate The Arches’ license with over 30,000 people signing since Friday. High profile support has also come from the likes of Sven Vath, Erol Alkan, Hudson Mohawke and Carl Cox, the latter posting that he was “shocked and saddened” that the venue has had its license restricted. There has also been condemnation from arts and theatre groups who have highlighted the cultural and financial impact the restrictions will have.
Mark Anderson, Executive Director, said: “We are still stunned by Friday’s decision and at a loss to understand just what more we could have done to provide a safer clubbing environment at The Arches. Over the period under review, we welcomed over 250,000 clubbers through our doors. Of that number, just 0.14% were reported for misuse of drugs incidents.
“What is more worrying is that despite the increased safety measures we adopted on the recommendation of Police Scotland, which had already alienated many of our valued club customers, our successful operation of those policies has resulted in the statistics being used against us.”
The Executive and Artistic Directors of The Arches will meet this week with funding partners Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life to discuss potential ways forward.
Lucy Mason, Artistic Director, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the humbling and heartening support for The Arches and would like to thank everyone for being so passionate and articulate on our behalf. It is impossible to imagine the cultural landscape with The Arches wiped off the map, a situation which is entirely possible given the interdependency of the Arts and Club activity within our organisation.”
This week’s scheduled events at The Arches are to go ahead as planned, however Saturday’s club event, ‘Last Night On Earth’ with Sasha, will now take place at SWG3. The Arches Cafe Bar and restaurant is open as normal.