Dublin music venue Jam Park has announced it is closing its doors permanently just one week before it was due to re-open, saying it had no 'no choice' and cited issues with its lease for the decision.
The multi-purpose venue in Airside, Swords, North Co Dublin has hosted games, live music shows, club nights, and film screenings since opening in 2019 and had recently been selected as the site for a pilot dance event later this summer.
In a statement, the venue, which has been closed since the outbreak of the pandemic, said they are currently seeking another location.
"We've tried our best to come to an agreement regarding our lease since the Covid pandemic forced us to close, but no dice," they said. "So, we are now left with no choice but to close in Airside and look for somewhere else.
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"We only had a chance to be open for nine months before Covid hit," they added. "It’s ironic that during the time of closure is when we began to find our feet with the place.
"Between building a great team, streaming weekly online games events, delivering overflowing pints of dodgy Guinness, resetting our outside areas with a summer festival feel, growing fruit and veg on the rooftop, not to mention hundreds of incoming table bookings and events, we had developed a great sense of optimism about the future."
The venue said being forced to close just a week before they were due to re-open was a "bitter pill to swallow" and said that they would be sending out cancellation notices for bookings.
"Hopefully some iteration of Jam Park will pop up again somewhere else. If you know of any free spaces, get in touch," they added.
Reacting to the closure of Jam Park, Minister for Culture and the Arts Catherine Martin said she is "sorry to hear this news".
Ms Martin posted on Twitter this afternoon that the "Night-Time (Economy) Taskforce will give their recommendations this month so we can put appropriate supports in place for organisations like Jam Park, which are vital for a rich night life".
She added the Government is "currently working on a new venue for our pilot club night".