This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 07/01/2019.
Luna nightclub in Croydon town centre has reportedly closed down
A statement posted to Facebook appears to confirm that the High Street night spot is no longer.
Croydon clubbers are devastated at the reports that Luna nightclub on the High Street has closed and will not reopen.
The news comes less than a week after the closure of alternative venue Bad Apple in Park Street and means there are very few nightclubs remaining on the High Street.
Croydoners have flocked to social media to despair of their chances for going out or even finding love in the wake of the closure.
Before re-opening as Luna in early 2016, the site was occupied by Reflex, an 80s-themed bar.
In a statement on Facebook, posted by someone who appears to be involved in the running of the club said: “We would like to say massive thank you to everyone who came out on New Year’s Eve and celebrated our last night with us.
“We definitely went out with a bang and smashed it.
“Unfortunately we are now closed and not to reopen. Love to all our lunatics.”
The reason for the closure is not yet clear, though it is the latest in a string of blows to Croydon’s nightlife, with several high-profile venues and bars closing in the last few years.
The Black Sheep Bar, Yates’s and Tiger Tiger have all gone missing from the High Street and Bar Txt, another popular spot in South Croydon, closed for good in February 2017.
Roy Seda, who runs Dice Bar, which is now the “longest standing nightclub” on the High Street, expressed his sadness at seeing another venue forced to shut up shop.
He said: “We are sorry to see another venue close in the town centre, and sorry to see the wonderful people that worked there go. We have taken on a number of their staff and DJs”.
Tav Sanassee, who manages Club 88 towards the South End reach of the High Street added: “It’s obviously not great for the town centre. Footfall has gone down but the people that are still in the town enjoy the venues that are still there and there is a great variety.
He pointed to the opening of Memory Box cocktail bar and Fun House as examples of newer venues opening in the town centre. He said: “It is a concern that the major chains have gone from the town centre but there is still great footfall. We all work together to keep it as busy as we can and keep everyone happy.”
However, the double closure of Luna and Bad Apple has left some worried that Croydon’s nightlife is in its dying days.
Cab driver Raf wrote on Twitter: “I’ve just learnt that 2 night clubs have closed down in Croydon: Bad Apple & Luna.
“Most likely due to lack of customers, since less & less people coming to Croydon since Tiger Tiger & Black Sheep bar closed down.
“At this rate other clubs could be forced to close if people don’t come to Croydon for a night out.”
Replying to the management’s official announcement on Facebook, many worried about the impact the closure could have on their personal life.
One devastated Croydoner said: “I’m gonna be single forever, there’s literally no where to go out out anymore.”
A former employee tweeted: “So sad to see @Lunacroydon go but I’ve been blessed these 2 and a half years to be part of the team. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”