The nightclub Fibbers has been sold and will undergo both a major refurbishment and programming changes over the summer.
The venue, which has hosted some of York’s most popular student nights, such as ‘Melt’, ‘Idioteque’ and ‘Tequila’, was sold by its current London-based operator Barfly to Tokyo Industries last week. The new owners state that they plan to “expand the venue’s live music status, while seriously increasing its clubbing potential for boutique and destination DJ driven nights for music lovers.”
Aaron Mellor, the Managing Director of Tokyo Industries Ltd, commented: “Fibbers has been well-established over the last 18 years. We’re keen to let people know we’re in this to preserve what clubbers and live music fans, like me, love about Fibbers. It’s a great club with a great reputation and booking policy, and we remain respectful of that.”
He continued to state that the company’s aim was to “give the venue some much needed TLC”, including “a new Funktion One sound system and total refurbishment, designed to expand the music programming in both live and club night formats.”
He also said that the management were “exploring ways to increase the venues currently restrictive capacity to assist in the booking of higher profile talent.”
A full re-launch party is being planned at Fibbers for late summer once the refurbishment has been completed. Until then, the venue will stay open with its existing live programme, and some “minor adjustments to its current club format.”
The takeover has been met with skepticism by some York students. “It sounds like they’ll make Fibbers into just another club like Salvation or Gallery, and York really doesn’t need more of those,” said one Archeology student.
Others, however, have expressed a different opinion. “I think York’s turning into a much more interesting town in terms of nightlife. There doesn’t seem to be such a big monopoly on the student night’s anymore and I think that’s a bit more exciting.”