Following last year’s eviction of Zöld Pardon, the teenage-friendly concert/disco venue began building its new location one bridge to the south in Buda, even announcing last weekend as its opening night, with a concert featuring Hungarian hard rock staple Tankcsapda. Except it never happened.
After complaints from the nearby Infopark were sent to the local government, they refused to issue Zöld Pardon the necessary operating permits, thereby preventing the venue from opening. We don’t have any new details on where the permit process stands, but hope it comes through, if for no other reason that ZP has always meant that teenagers generally stay away from the places we frequent.
In further bad-for-your-nightlife news, Siófok’s Coke Club, once described to me by a Dutch friend as “way too depraved”, recently closed its doors after fifteen years, since the local government ruled (following complaints) that it would have to end its music programs by 9pm and close its doors by 11pm. The operators said they will not seek to reopen elsewhere.
Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, the former Minister of Youth who is noted for his unceasing support of youthful merriment, blasted the decision on Twitter, saying that Hungarian local governments might as well just close all nightlife places, later adding that they would even close Paris’s Latin Quarter given the opportunity. Psst, Tomi, don’t give them any ideas! [index.hu/origo.hu/index.hu]