VIDEO: Bristol residents react to free rave event going ahead on date of Queen’s funeral

Motion nightclub announced earlier this week that it would host the free event

Bristolians have voiced their opinion on a popular nightclub’s decision to host a free bank holiday rave on the night of the Queen’s funeral.

Motion confirmed on social media thar “the people’s favourite Free Rave returns” on Monday (September 19) for a “massive Bank Holiday banger”.

Some residents have called the move “disrespectful” but many accept the business’ right to continue trading - a right which it defends.

Speaking with Bristol World, university student, Virgil said: “In law, we cannot stop them (from hosting the event) but it is a little disrespectful.”

Another student, Maya defended Motion’s decision to remain open as it allows the public to question the future of the monarchy.

She said: “I feel like they should be open because the monarchy is a traditional idea and what has happened with the Queen’s death (gives us) the ability to think ‘what does the monarchy mean to us’ going into the future.

“As a young person I don’t really think it’s that necessary, what does the Queen do anyway?”

A spokesperson for the nightclub claims it is “not in the position” to keep its doors closed due to financial issues.

They said: “We were due to host the after parties for the Tokoyo World Festival this week, however, due to the perfect storm of Brexit and Covid-19, First Bus has cancelled the planned transport from Eastville Park to the venue in BS2.

“In light of these being cancelled, and with wages, increasing power costs plus multiple other factors of life in 2022, we felt we were not in the position to keep the venue shut.

“As with everyone else we were truly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 and wish the new King all the best in his new role. God Save The King.”

Motion has confirmed that it would hold a minute of silence at its entry point and inside the venue at 8pm.

The event will run from 11pm until 5am. Tickets are free and must be used before 12.30am, with £5 entry on the door thereafter.