The superclub's plan to open a new south coast venue is scuppered by local fire authorities...

CREAM’s long-mooted bid to open a branch in BRIGHTON has been postponed indefinitely.

According to Cream promoter and MD James Barton, the venue they had been pursuing had its official capacity reduced at the last minute, from 1,750 to 1,350, by the Brighton fire authorities.

“It’s something that we’re keen to pursue, but at the same time we’re still dealing with the fact that we’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to get the current plan off the ground,” explained Barton, talking to NME.COM from the club in Liverpool. “We worked damn hard, but it boiled down to the fact that the venue had a 1,750 capacity at planning and 1,350 from the fire authority. As you can imagine, that’s a big difference and the main reason we’ve withdrawn. But it’s not the end of the world!”

As for the line-up for the British Creamfields, which has been confirmed to take place once again at the Old Speke Airfield in Liverpool on August 25, Barton remained tight-lipped. “It’s way too early to say,” he said. “We’re holding off till the announcement in Miami.”

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Beck has been confirmed as the headliner for Creamfields in Ireland on June 23.

NME.COM understands that Cream’s prospective south coast venue will now be developed by the Brighton-based leisure chain C-Side, who plan to turn the venue in the Aquarium Terraces into a gay club.