Musicians criticise London club following allegations of 'racist' door policy

Dstrkt has denied allegations it refused entry to girls based on their skin colour


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Musicians including Tinchy Stryder and The Weeknd have criticised under fire London nightclub Dstrkt.

The West End club has been accused of operating a racist door policy by a group of people who claim they were barred entry from the venue last week on account of their skin colour. Dstrkt subsequently said it had launched an investigation into the incident but found no evidence of its staff acting in a racist manner.

Lin Mei led a protest on Tuesday night after being denied entry from Dstrkt. She alleges to have text messages from a promoter at the club saying she would be allowed in but that her darker-skinned friends would not.

Since the allegations were made, many people have opened up about their own experience of racism on nights out in London while others, including grime MCs Stormzy and Tinchy Stryder, have called for a boyott of Dstrkt in particular.


Tinchy Stryder told BBC News that he would not be returning to the club. "When I heard, I was really hurt and definitely won't be going there," he said. "It's nothing new, but if it doesn't stop now it's never going to stop. What kind of policy is that because of someone's skin colour? It happens in a lot of clubs and it's good people protest."

Meanwhile, hip-hop duo Krept & Konan say they have first-hand experience of being denied entry to nighclubs. "They said, 'There's too many black boys in there' and we couldn't get in. I feel like there's nothing you can do. That's the perception of lots of black boys. I know it's nothing personal."

The club posted a statement on its Facebook page today (October 1) and stated that they have "always operated an anti-racist door policy and it condemns any type of racism or discrimination by customers or staff."

The Weeknd separately criticised the club for telling its Twitter followers that he spent Tuesday night there when he did not.

Westminster City Council, who govern the part of London in which Dstrkt is located, has urged anyone with concerns to contact them.

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