Exclusive: Shock as Soul Tree nightclub is closed down

25 January 2011

Shock and disappointment as well-known Cambridge night club suddenly closed its doors tonight.

Local nightclub Soul Tree’s doors were steadfastly closed last night – and the venue is unlikely to open again until May.

A worker in Cambridge’s nightclub industry told The Cambridge Student that staff found out about the closure “only an hour” before the club was due to open for (an) International night, which has now moved to Revolution. Soul Tree employees were “pissed off,” he added.

The venue’s closure follows a takeover by Eclectic Clubs and Bars, also the operator of rivals The Fez Club.

Fez was quick to publicise Soul Tree’s demise, commenting on Facebook: “Goodbye Soul Tree, HELLO Touch* Tuesdays AT Fez Club, Cambridge for all of your R&B and Hip Hop needs! :)”

One third year Jesus student disapproved, saying “it’s a shame The Fez is so quick to promote this when it’s probably put people out of work.”

Until the end of November, Soul Tree’s lease was held by La Raza Ltd, which runs the bars La Raza and Ta Bouche. However, landlord Jeremy Gredley chose to accept an offer from Eclectic rather than allowing the previous lease to be renewed.

Charlie Anderson, La Raza’s Managing Director, said he did not know why he was not given the opportunity to renew the lease despite his “best efforts… “if I knew that, I’d probably still be running it today.”

When contacted by TCS, a source at the Fez explained the venue had been closed for a refurbishment. When it reopens, he said, “it’s going to be nothing like Soul Tree again.”

James Burton – News Editor

Photo: Jimmy Appleton