Emblematic Bristol nightclub Motion received major backlash for its decision to host an all-night rave that will wrap up hours before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
Despite the UK’s mourning period – also codenamed “Operation London Bridge” – which commenced last week, Motion will go forward with its “massive Bank Holiday banger” free rave. The electronic event will kick off on Sunday night and close its doors six hours before the late monarch’s funeral.
On Monday (19th September), the whole UK will be shut down for the Queen’s state funeral, including schools, nurseries, supermarkets, and entertainment-related venues. Although Motion’s move has been labeled as distasteful, a spokesperson defended the decision saying the cancellation wouldn’t be financially viable.
“In light of these being cancelled, and with wages, increasing power costs plus multiple other factors of life in 2022, we felt we were not in the position to keep the venue shut.”
Bristol’s Motion confirmed the event would commence with a moment of silence to honor the late monarch, held both at the entry point and inside the nightclub. Motion’s spokesperson expressed their regret and sympathy towards the royal family.
“As with everyone else we were truly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 and wish the new King all the best in his new role. God Save The King.”