Autumn re-launch planned

London superclub matter will close its doors temporarily, before a re-launch later in the year.

Launched in 2008, matter was intended to be the most cutting edge club on the planet. New technology was installed, with its incredible fittings and body kinetic dance floor adding to the sense of the club as a totally immersive experience.

Handled by the team who guided Fabric to such notable success, matter was expected to be a revolution in clubbing. Situated in the O2 Arena, the three floor venue has now been forced to shut its doors.

Located in Greenwich, matter is hardly prime position for clubbers. Surrounded by neglected areas of London, the club has been accused of suffering from a lack of atmosphere caused by excessive branding.

Other pundits have accused matter of not having a coherent booking policy, mixing commercial acts with well regarded underground stars. However the club has managed to pull off a few coups, such as Aphex Twin's mind boggling performance at Mega Rave 3.

According to a report on Resident Advisor the club owes some £3 million to different creditors. Closing its doors for the summer period, the owners intend to re-launch matter in the Autumn.

Owners of the O2 Arena AEG explained to Music Week: "This decision has been taken by the owners of matter. The reopening will be considered over the course of the next few months and we will keep you advised when further information is available."

The move leaves Ministry Of Sound as the only club of this capacity working in the dance field in London, although it is expected that upcoming events will be spread around different venues in the city.

matter has not confirmed a re-launch date.

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