The legendary London center of Nambucca closes

The legendary London Nambucca center will close in May, it was announced today (April 26).

This 300-capacity Holloway Road venue hosted the likes of Frank Turner, Florence & The Machine and The Libertines in the early 1990s, and has been a hero to new artists over the years.

In a statement posted on social media, the center said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Nambucca on 14 May.

“We have done everything we can to keep Nambucca afloat, but the reality of the last few years has made it unsustainable, with rising bills coming from everywhere. In a personal capacity, I have been running Nambucca for 8 years. Last year, which was the hardest part of my career, but certainly the most enjoyable.

“I would like to thank the staff for all the work they have done over the years, without them none of these memories would be possible. There are still a few weeks to go so we are going to try to come out strong, to see you all sooner. ” Before we close our doors next month, keep an eye on our social media for upcoming events.

The statement continues: “Like 93% of venues in the UK, the venue is not owned by this venue operator. If it did, Nambucca would not close. It’s that simple. a music venue in the UK is sustainable or resilient, no venue can be 100% confident in its future, no venue can continue to support musicians and bring music to our communities for years, unless music venues are owned by people who want to be music. centers.

“If the music community wants the music venues to be protected, safe, enhanced, capable of the future of live music, then the music community must own our venues. .

“All possible closed cases that the Music Venue Trust has dealt with over the last eight years finally come back to that point. Until we, the music community, our venues, we cannot defend them. adequate. So let’s do it… “Let’s be the owners of our enclosures”.

Musicians took to the news on social media, including Frank Turner writing: “This hurts my heart.”

You can see more responses to the news below:

This news comes in the wake of a campaign launched to save London’s The Ravensbourne Arms pub and turn it into a community-owned live music venue for all ages, one of many attempts to put concert venues in the hands of music fans other than private owners.

The Lewisham pub has been closed for four years, but now the collective Sister Midnight has raised an offer of £ 500,000, giving fans in the community the chance to take part in a not – for – profit live music pub. .

To date, the campaign has received support from the likes of Fontaines DC, Porridge Radio, Goat Girl, London Night Czar, and DJ Amy Lame and Jools Holland, among many others, hoping to transform the building into a “safe space , comprehensive. and running around the clock and putting the local community – the whole community, in all its glorious forms – at the heart of everything they do.

Artists from the Sheffield music scene have also expressed their support for The Leadmill venue, another venue also to be closed.

Last month, the iconic Sheffield venue and club told music fans the “terrible news that in a year our landlord will try to evict us, forcing us to close”, which provoked outrage and support from the world of music.

Arctic Monkeys showed their support for the #WeCantLoseLeadmill campaign on Instagram, after the band helped raise over £ 100,000 for the venue to survive last year’s COVID lock by pulling out one of Alex Turner’s guitars.

Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon also shared his support on Instagram. The frontman told his fans how he viewed the British cult which Hundred Reasons had beaten “at least 46 times” at the venue, before adding: “Don’t let it out!”

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Richard Hawley also paid tribute to the center, reminding him that he had played there “hundreds of times” as a solo artist and during his time with The Longpigs and Treebound Story, before comparing other iconic performance spaces in the UK. .United.

Hawley is also playing concerts at the Leadmill this summer to raise money to follow him.


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