Plastic People’s Last Hurrah
Last weekend saw the curtains close on Shoreditch clubbing institution Plastic People, a sad day for East Enders, city dwellers, and any fresh face out to straddle the town and burn up their dancing shoes. For over two decades Plastic People has been the go-to destination of choice for a discerning crowd of kids of all ages, beckoning wide-eyed revellers through its doors with a formula that has stood the test of time: good vibe, good sound, good people, good music. Founder Ade Fakile announced that the club’s closing its doors because the long-time club manager Charlotte is leaving, and calling time after a good run is preferable than finding a less-good replacement. It’s this attention to detail, pursuit of the highest quality and inscrutable desire to not let its audience down that is a testament to Plastic People’s reputation as one of the best clubs not just in London, but in the world.
The news comes after a spate of other curtain calls on London venues: Hackney Road’s Joiners Arms, Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar, and Soho’s long-running beacon of indie darlings Madam Jojo’s all shut their doors at the end of last year to much uproar and shaking fists at the nasty villainous money-grabbing landlords that we assume is probably the reason our beloved dens of iniquity are closing. Whatever the reason, let’s raise a glass to their memory. London wouldn’t have been the same without you.
Check out The Guardian’s piece on the history of Plastic People for heavier dose of nostalgia and appreciation, here