Soho nightclub Madame Jojo’s will reopen, according to the managing director of Soho Estates, John James.
Before Madame Jojo’s closed in November 2014, it played host to White Heat, a weekly club night that hosted Adele, The xx, and The Klaxons’ gigs. Lorde’s first UK gig was at the venue.
Speaking to London Live earlier in the week (February 18), Soho Estates manager James said that the reopened club “won’t be the sad Madame Jojo’s, nostalgically romantic Madame Jojo’s, a success of six or seven years ago. It will be a new thing.”
He did not say whether or not the club would stay put, but commented that in its current state the building “wouldn’t pass muster… we’re going to build a bigger and better basement club which is going to reappear as Madame Jojo’s.”
He continued, “What Soho’s brilliant at is reinventing itself and it constantly does – it’s reinvented by young, enterprising people with ideas and creativity.” See the interview below.
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In November 2014, immediately after the venue’s closure, the organisers of White Heat explained, “As of Thursday we were informed that Madame Jojo’s has had its licence revoked by the council, rendering White Heat homeless after 10 years of Tuesday night events.
“We have been aware of the worsening situation for the last month following a serious disorder that shut the venue down immediately on 28th October. Initially this closure was for a week but was extended to a month following a licence review.
According to a police report obtained by This Is Cabaret, the incident started when “bouncers pulled baseball bats hidden in black bin liners to take on assailants throwing glass bottles at them.” The report claims that an employee of the club can be seen holding an individual against a wall so a colleague could punch him “numerous times”. The report continues to allege that “members of the public were caught in the crossfire with several hurt by the flying bottles; one received a one-inch cut to the rear of his head.”