Joburg’s Therapy club night will be closing with immediate effect as the owners search for a new venue, announced Therapy creator and DJ Stuart Hillary on Thursday.
Despite its recent successful Viva La Glam gay Pride after-party, which according to the organisers attracted over 1,300 revellers, Hillary said that the club’s Newtown home at Carfax was more suited to large one-off events and was not ideal as a regular weekly nightclub venue.
“We decided to take this step on the high note of Viva La Glam,” said Hillary.
The venue had struggled to attract large crowds on most Saturday nights; something which Hillary puts down to its location:
“There is resistance from our market to travel at night to Newtown on a weekly basis. We’ve listened to our public in the last six months, which led to this decision.”
Hillary said that Therapy fans should not despair as the brand – one of the most recognised clubbing brands in South Africa – is set to find a new home; expected to be closer to the city’s northern suburbs.
In addition, while the owners find a new venue, Therapy may still host large one-off Special Therapy events.
“Keep your eyes and ears open for news about the future of Therapy; the next step will be revealed soon,” said Hillary.
Therapy became an internationally recognised club night from 1996 in Rosebank and during its six year residency in Braamfontein from 1997 to 2003.
Therapy has also hosted parties in London, Durban and Cape Town over the years. It re-opened as a weekly Saturday Night at the Carfax venue in March this year.