Tokyo (now Fibbers) has another chance at being the official YUSU Thursday Club Night after being scrapped last year.
This was after student safety was put in jeopardy by the club.
Now, because Mansion may be unable to accommodate the estimated 800 revelers who will turn up every Thursday, YUSU have been forced to scrap it as a club night.
The refurbishments required, including included widening fire doors to increase the capacity had not been completed last week and raised concerns of Mansion not being able to fulfill the demand for the forthcoming year.
YUSU President, Sam Maguire, commented:
“It is unfortunate that this decision had to be taken as we had expectations that a night in Mansion would be fantastic, however, student safety and accessibility is our priority for club nights and this was a call which had to be made.
We are very excited about how the night at Fibbers can develop with the capacity to fulfill the demand for our student night. The original decision was taken not to continue the YUSU nights at the old Tokyo venue (which is now Fibbers) as we thought it was time for a change and the night was in danger of becoming stale.
In response to that the venue underwent a major refurbishment and it looks fantastic and will ensure that the club can offer a fantastic night out. The night in Mansion had been designed to showcase student DJ and music societies and this will very much continue in the new venue and if any student acts are interested in being involved in the night they should contact me.”
However, it is uncertain whether Fibbers will serve students any better. A source close to Tokyo commented: “Tokyo can’t accommodate the students as they’ve lowered their capacity since adding a strip club upstairs, taking out the main stairwell and losing 250 capacity. This leaves only 500 approx, last year in Fresher’s week student nights at Tokyo were in excess of 1,200 throught the door with approx 850 people in the building at any one time.”
More to follow. Sam Maguire will respond to any concerns on Monday.