Sarah Harding Fans Slam ‘Distasteful’ Tribute Night To Girls Aloud Star

Sarah Harding
Credit: @sarahnicoleharding/Instagram & ITV

A Sarah Harding tribute night in London has been heavily criticised on social media by fans of the Girls Aloud singer.

G-A-Y nightclub, in Soho, has been accused of trying to ‘profit’ from the star’s death by charging fans £3 entry and only donating £1 to charity.

It all started when the owner of the nightclub, Jeremy Joseph, took to Twitter to announce the event.

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The tweet that angered Girls Aloud fans. Credit: @JeremyJoseph/Twitter

He wrote: “Saturday 18th September @HeavenLGBTclub, A @macmillancancer fundraiser G-A-Y pays tribute to @SarahNHarding.

“Goal is to raise £5000 celebrating her life with hits of Girls Aloud played with Saturday dance floor fillers.”

The tweet was accompanied by a poster that announced ‘£3 wrist bands,’ with ‘£1 going to Macmillan Cancer‘.

However, it didn’t take long for fans to flood the post with angry comments, calling the owner ‘distasteful’.

One user commented: “As if tagging her wasn’t distasteful enough, you’re only donating £1 per entry and pocketing £3 for yourself?

“You know people will show up to pay tribute to their hero and you’re profiting off that. Extremely opportunistic and distasteful.”

Sarah Harding
Credit: @sarahnicoleharding/Instagram

Another added: “I don’t usually jump on bandwagon but this is really bad taste it would only be a tribute if all wristband purchases went to charity, and even then it is still distasteful.”

However, some users defended the venue, noting that staff needs to be paid.

They wrote: “People are forgetting that costs have to be covered, of which door charges goes towards. Staff need paying (and assuming there are a lot of them).”

“Entertainment/costs for the night will need paying. everyone moaning about him donating £5k, when they don’t even donate £5.”

A spokesperson for the venue has now defended their decision to hold the event.

They told the Metro: “The goal is to raise over £5k, £1 of which will be covered by the door donation by customers.

“The capacity of heaven is 1,625, so G-A-Y will be donating £3,375, but possibly more, as no one knows the take from the night as entry alone is over £15,000 a night.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.