Club Angel, the gay club caught in the middle of a bureaucratic wrangling with district authorities over its licensing after 40 complaint letters were sent to various government bureaus, has decided to temporarily move its parties to Obama Club, the ginormous club
not named after the President of the US of A.
The move is a win-win for both clubs — Obama Club, has been mostly languishing after its trainwreck of a launch party made international headlines last year. Club Angel, on the other hand, has a massive following that’s been left high and dry by news of the possible closure of their favourite new gay megaclub.
If their “Chinese Valentine’s Day” (七夕) party at Obama proves to be a hit tomorrow, owners of Angel say that’s where they’ll be staying temporarily until they sort things out with the government.
Shanghai Daily quotes two government officials who offer a glimpse of hope for the club. Said an official surnamed Wang with the Xuhui Cultural Law Enforcement Team, “The club was temporarily closed because it illegally started trial operation without a business license, and the crackdown had nothing to do with discrimination against the gay community… When it has all the necessary and legal licenses and permissions, it may be reopened again.”
Another office deputy director surnamed Kong alluded to the club’s potential fire safety hazard: “We have received massive complaints about the bar’s hidden danger of fire accidents as too many people swarmed to it for shows… For the sake of public safety, we have to halt its operation until it made rectification to solve the problem.”
Investigation by the bureau also “found no evidence that the club was having sex shows with naked men dancing” as alleged by the complaint letters.
Great. One hopes this means the club will be back in business soon at its own location.