Shooshh apologise for racism in their club amid Black Lives Matter post criticism

The club owner understands changes should be made across the industry.


Over the past week, Shooshh has been faced with allegations of racial profiling in the club and on the door.

The allegations began after Shooshh posted a black square on their Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The social media team turned comments off on the post after Instagram users began comments experiences of racism they had encountered at the club.

Following on from this, Brighton promotion company, OurAfterParty posted a collage of popular Brighton nightclub names with a caption which states: “As an urban events group created by black students for black students, it would be a disservice not to call out the structural racism experienced by many of us when we go out to have a great time.

“It is your duty to ensure your bouncers and staffs are not racially profiling groups of black men and women.”

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As an urban events group created by black students for black students, it would be a disservice not to call out the structural racism experienced by many of us when we go out to have a great time. It is your duty to ensure your bouncers and staffs are not racially profiling groups of black men and women. There has been numerous complaints about this behaviour for years and nothing has ever been done. We are putting this out there not to ruin your image but to educate you about how hundreds if not thousands of black youths feel about your clubs. If this means we won't ever work together again, so be it.✊🏾 @shooshhbrighton @coalition_btn @pryzmbrighton @thearchbrighton @hideoutbtown

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The comment section of this Instagram post was full of allegations made by students who claim to have experienced racism at these clubs.

Shooshh was the only nightclub to reply to this post, the club owner has also personally tried to contacted every account who made an allegation against Shooshh.

In an interview with The Sussex Tab, Shooshh’s owner, Albie said: “As an Urban Nightclub and an organisation heavily involved in all aspects of the Music Industry we chose like many others to show that we stand together with the Black Community in fighting against racial injustice and inequality.”

He continued: “On posting this [the black square], it became known to us that a number of our customers, both past and present had considered themselves at some point subjected to racial discrimination either in our venue or on our front door. We were deeply saddened by this and we wanted to ensure all our customers that racism cannot and will not be tolerated here at Shooshh. We have listened to and observed all of the feedback we have received, and wanted to respond to let it be known that every issue raised will be addressed and dealt with accordingly.”

Shooshh’s owner has said: “Changes must be made across the industry, and as industry leaders we will strive to set new standards across this city and beyond. We understand and acknowledge the work that needs to be done here and we wanted to let you all know that we are fully committed and will do whatever it takes to provide an enjoyable and safe clubbing experience for all.”

In response to these experiences and more comments on their original BLM tile post, Shooshh posted the following statement:

“Yesterday, we posted our black tile on Instagram in support of Black Out Tuesday. As an Urban Nightclub and an organisation heavily involved in all aspects of the music industry we chose like many others to show that we stand together with the Black Community in fighting against racial injustice and inequality.

“On posting this, it became known to us that a number of our customers both present and past had considered themselves at some point subjected to racial discrimination to either in our venue or on our front door. We were deeply saddened by this and we wanted to ensure all our customers that racism cannot and will not be tolerated here at Shooshh.”

“We have listened to and observed all of the feedback we have received, and wanted to respond to let it be known that every issue raised will be addressed and dealt with accordingly. Changes must be made across the industry, and as industry leaders we will strive to set new standards across this city and beyond.

“We understand and acknowledge the work that needs to be done here and we wanted to let you all know that we are fully committed and will do whatever it takes to provide an enjoyable and safe clubbing experience for all.”