The neighbors association has specifically argued for action against shops that sell alcohol and repeatedly named Underworld on its blog. Ho believes, “We’ve been targeted.”
As things now stand, Underworld would have to pay the $60,000 fine if stays open past July 15, so it is shutting down, at least temporarily. For the final day, a Sunday, it plans a final blowout featuring at least six bands from mid-afternoon into the night.
“Given the current law, there is basically no way for us to be legal,” says Ho. “The press conference was a first step, and now we will see hope the [Ministry of Culture] will meet with us, so we can assemble all relevant departments and come up with a live house solution once and for all.”
“We are asking for a government policy for live houses,” says legislator Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君). “That way this culture will be able to grow and develop.”