Popular nightclub announces sudden closure with 'immediate effect' 

Vinyl, formerly known as Club De Mar, was famous on the 90's rave scene after it opened in December 1989.

Popular Ayr nightclub announces sudden closure with ‘immediate effect’

A nightclub in Ayr has announced it’s sudden closure due to licencing issues.

Vinyl, formerly known as Club De Mar, was famous on the 90’s rave scene after it opened in December 1989.

Club De Mar was Ayrshire’s oldest nightclub before it closed it’s doors and rebranded to operate under the name Vinyl in 2017.

A spokesperson for the nightclub announced the “immediate” closure across their social media channels.

“We have not made this decision lightly but due to the nature of the Statement of Licensing Policy set out by South Ayrshire Council Licensing Board, and the changing nature of nightlife in the post-covid era, it has become increasingly difficult to operate as a ‘Nightclub’,” they wrote.

They explained that the board’s decision to allow pubs and bars to stay open as late as nightclubs a location like Vinyl is no longer “viable”.

The statement announced that the venue would operate as a “multi-purpose” event space and would focus on holding large scale events.

“Our first event of this nature will be the outstanding KIMMIC on the March 29, tickets for which are currently on sale”.

A South Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “The Licensing Board took a decision last autumn to maintain the current licensing policy. A public consultation informed their decision.”

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