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Bunkr and Ubiquity

Bunkr and Ubiquity

Posted: September 22, 1992

By Hangley, Bill Jr

Rumors have been flying suggesting its imminent doom, but according to its founders, the Bunkr will stay open.

Not without a fight, of course.

The disco, which specializes in live shows and heavy rock music, has been fighting an ongoing battle with residents of its neighborhood who accuse it of being a lowlife den of drug dealers, prostitutes, and undesirables of all stripes. Furthermore, they say, it's noisy.

Now, the Bunkr's landlord-the State-has issued the club its eviction notice. Operations must cease, they say, by Feb. 7, 1993.

At a recent press conference, the Bunkr's founders announced the city's decision as well as their firm conviction that the eviction is not only wrong, but illegal, and that they will stay firmly rooted at their Lodecka 2 address in Prague 1. They are going full steam ahead wih plans to build a new recording studio on the site, and to add to the 24 million Kcs they've already invested in the space.

Bunkr founder Richard Nemcok defended the club against accusations of iniquity. He said that their beefy security guards had rid the club of the dope-smokers and dealers who caused problems in the past. He added that the police know that they have an 'open invitation' to enter the club any time.

The eviction notice came more or less out of the blue, he continued, despite the fact that the club owners were ready to negotiate with whomever it was necessary to extend their lease. The problem, said Nemcok, was that no city agency would talk to them, and it wasn't clear whom they needed to talk to anyway. 'Bunkr is world-known,' he said angrily, 'but nobody's willing to sign an agreement wih us.'

The press conference had a town-meeting atmosphere, complete with angry residents coming to air their views of what the Bunkr was and where it should go. 'Residents have no control,' said one man. 'I could move, but where could I move that a Bunkr couldn't open?'

'Everybody is minding something,' retorted Richard, 'but nobody's asking what we mind.' The beat goes on.

The rumor mill has also been churning out stories predicting Ubiquity's upcoming demise, but that club will be a-ravin' for months to come.

The cavernous disco at Na prikope 22 now has an agreement to stay open through this January, with rights to operate each summer through 1994. Owners are working to secure a full two-year contract, but negotiations are sticky.

Still, founder John-Bruce Shoemaker is concerned that the club's next rave, planned for Oct. 2-4, might provoke an early eviction. 'It'll make our last one look like child's play,' he says. 'We're gonna have a naked woman, on a Harley-Davidson, riding around the dance floor, then going up on stage to perform simulated sex acts with a six-foot-eight African man in rubber clothes,' he explains. Bubble machines and a large circus animal are also in the works.

By Hangley, Bill Jr

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