Earlier this week, London issued a report showing an alarming attrition in smaller music venues. According to the city’s mayoral office, more than 35 percent of ‘grassroots’ clubs have shuttered since 2007, with potentially damaging results for local musicians and surrounding economies.
Now, we’re seeing more evidence of a crumbling component of London’s music scene. The Coronet, a London-based institution that started in 1879, has now announced its imminent closure. After a desperate struggle to stay alive, the club’s lease has been extended for roughly one year (January 2017). After that point, the venue will be abandoned and demolished for more lucrative retail establishments, according to official word from the club.
The venue, situated in London’s Elephant and Castle, is simply drawing too little cash for an increasingly high-priced patch of soil. “We have been here for so long, and we will be really sad to go, but with the Elephant & Castle changing so much, so quickly, it’s become clear that the evolving character of the area is no longer right for a venue like ours,’ venue director Richard Littman offered in a statement. “We’ve worked with our landlord to extend our lease for one final year, until 5th January 2017.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming back old friends and making new ones – if you’ve ever wanted to perform here then get in touch quick – the calendar is filling up fast.”
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