The Rainbow Venues.
In what is another attack on the UK nightlife sector, The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham has been threatened with closure after West Midlands Police have sought to revoke their operating license. Another great venue which has promoted all sorts of arts and cultural events, as well as dance music events, is now under threat.
The decision to revoke the license comes after a man died from a drug overdose after attending the Rainbow Venues Warehouse space in the city. A tragedy and our thoughts are with the family, friends and relatives of a young man who has lost his life at such a young age. However the response to this from authorities has been truly shocking with The Rainbow Venues now losing their license. The impact of this is great.
As operator’s we can’t be false. The decision is wrong. We can’t pretend we agree, we can’t promise that drugs will not enter licensed premises; people go to extreme lengths to get drugs into venues, if they succeed over the border, prisons and even parliament, then they will find a way into a club. They are breaking the law. Are we? – The Rainbow Venues
The Rainbow Venues.
The venue has released a statement which you can read in full here. Within the statement, the operators touch on the regeneration, the non-profit organisation, the amount of hard work they have put in all to promote Birmingham and the surrounding area. They also touch on the hard work and strict regimes they have to counteract drugs getting into their venue. And as they say, drugs get over the borders, they enter prisons, bars, pubs and so they are going to enter a club, no matter how strict your regimes are.
Which takes us to the whole issue of the British government and their “prehistoric attitude”. There needs to be “real talk” surrounding this, there needs to be an acceptance that drugs will not disappear so rather than mask the problem, deal with it head on and begin to make it safer. “There needs to be a universal, collaborative approach to the UK’s drug problem. Lets educate and not be so quick to revoke licenses that practice the correct policies.” One thing is for sure, we wholeheartedly support The Rainbow Venues.
Again, we want to reiterate our condolences to the family of this young man. But if the government don’t deal with this problem, there will be more tragedies like this again and again.