Clubbers left disappointed as Brighton event asked to leave venue

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Green Door SUS-170427-134952001

Clubbing fans were disappointed to learn popular event Donuts has been asked to leave its venue, The Green Door Store, writes Hannah Steel.

The official Donuts page notified its fanbase of the decision last Thursday.

Founder Matt Tanner said: “After giving my heart and soul to the venue since setting up Donuts we are surprised and disappointed that we were given no notice or time to prepare.”

According to the Facebook post, Donuts was given just four days notice of the decision and was told via email.

Reacting to the news, Donuts fan Chloe Punter, 19, said: “The fact that The Green Door Store have just been like ‘you have got to leave, there’s no question about it, you have just got to go’ is not cool, it’s just not cool.”

The event has been running at the venue every Tuesday night since 2012, and recently introduced an entrance fee of £3. Audience members would often participate in a scramble for the free donuts handed out from the stage.

The Green Door Store’s production manager, Toni Coe, said proceedings were handled badly on both sides, and it was a shame how a previously good relationship had ended.

She said it was not an overnight decision and talks had been ongoing with Donuts since the beginning of the year.

She added the growing success of the event created a need for more resources and money and it was growing out of the venue’s walls: “People were queuing for two to three hours outside and not getting in.”

A poster uploaded onto the Donuts Facebook page four days after the news broke announced it would be moving to Patterns club.

A statement published on The Green Door Store’s Facebook page apologised to fans for cancelling the night at such short notice and wished Donuts all the best for the future.

A free hip hop club night called Lemonade is set to replace Donuts.