But this is just one venue, a relatively large one too, and one with a central London location which means its closure in 2009 (it had been used as a live music venue since the 1980s) made national headlines. Still, it’s a story that has not only been happening across many of the London boroughs, but the entire of the UK too. And the venues that have closed are smaller, but by no means less important, probably more, for local people when it comes to not only local music scenes, but seeing touring bands too.
According to UK Music, a lobby and campaigning group representing the UK recorded and live music industry, nearly 35% of music venues have closed across the UK in the last decade. Another figure, from the Music Venue Trust, states that in the same period of time small venues specifically have fallen in the UK from 700 to 450.
Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, says that much of that is because of new housing developments being built near the venues. Which causes residents to complain about the noise and ultimately results in closure.