News is coming in that a fire has broken out inside popular London super-club Studio 338 this morning, with one patron sustaining serious burn injuries. Not much is known about how the fire started, but what is known is that about 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which has tragically left the venue completely in ruins.
Studio 338 was known to provide some of the best acts in house and techno, and was well-loved within the community. Although management undoubtedly has an insane amount of paperwork and other tasks ahead, they do understand that patrons with tickets to upcoming events will be looking for refunds. They are advising ticket holders to wait until they can fully grasp what has happened to the venue and come up with a solution for refunds.
The general manager of Studio 338 released an official statement, which can be read below:
By now I’m sure you all know about the fire we have had here at Studio 338. The blaze started just before midday today and is now totally extinguished. For now that is all the information i have but of course I will update everyone as soon as we know more about the extent of the damages and loss.
Myself and the team here want to thank you all for your support and the lovely messages we have received today. It’s at times like this that you realise what wonderful people we have involved in London’s dance music community.
Although this is of course a very sad and upsetting day for everyone who has worked, performed or partied at Studio 338, right now we have stay positive and strong. I and the awesome team here will do everything and anything to get us all back dancing together as soon as possible.
Over the weekend, I read a beautiful line in Hilary Mantel’s incredible Bring Up The Bodies. It goes: “The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.”
That’s ringing in my ears today as we take stock and work out the next steps. Things are only finished if you let them be. Our unity and love for music will prevail, I am 100% sure of it.
Finally, with regards to upcoming events and tickets, etc., the vast majority of you have understood that today is of course a bit early to even think about that. Our first priority is people’s safety and understanding what has happened. Once we have had a chance to at least get an idea of the impact this has had, we will get straight onto what can be done for the near future and pre-booked tickets for events, which may now not be able to go ahead at 338.