Fibbers, the popular bar and music venue has announced that they are now closed.
However, Fibbers may not be gone forever; they have hinted that they will be relocating. This news may come as a shock to those of us who have enjoyed the events, the music, and the proximity to the Stone Roses.
Rumours are currently circulating that North Star plan to build a 400 capacity venue as part of their redevelopment of Rougier Street, but there are no confirmation for this thus far.
As Tokyo Industries, the parent company of Fibbers, haven’t announced anything official, it is doubtful that we will see Fibbers being replaced any time soon. According to Fibbers’ Facebook post, we should be “pleasantly surprised” by their potential new location, but until then, it’s looking like a Fibbers-less Spring term.
Analysis by Hannah Jorgensen
York Vision spoke to students about the loss of Fibbers. These students commented that the range of music was commented on as one of Fibbers’ best features, with special mentions for Indie Tuesdays and Throwback Thursdays.
However, the general consensus is that the overall experience was overpriced, “sweaty” and “a bit gross”. (Although, in my opinion, sweatiness and grossness isn’t unique to Fibbers.) While Fibbers gave people “some of the best nights of your life”, the state of the toilets and the airless dance floor can be off-putting for those who want a fuss-free night out. It is for these reasons that many students won’t miss it.
However, there is no doubt that Fibbers was – is – a huge part of York’s nightlife, hosting some of the best events and boasting a great location. Many students – myself included – will be sad to see it go, even if it’s only gone temporarily. Notwithstanding the venue’s mixed reviews, I expect that when Fibbers reopens, we’ll be there.