Coldplay mourn the loss of London venue The Bull And Gate

Band say they will 'always be grateful' for Kentish Town venue for getting them their first NME review

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Coldplay have mourned the loss of The Bull And Gate pub and gig venue in north London, which is set to shut down in May and reopen as a gastropub.

In an email to the Camden New Journal, singer Chris Martin wrote: "In January 1999, promoter Simon Williams and the great people of the Bull let us bang out five songs in 20 minutes. It got us our first NME review and changed our lives forever. Long live the Bull. We’ll always be grateful."

The venue, which was most popular during the Britpop days of the 1990s thanks to its location in Kentish Town, will be taken over by gastropub chain Young's. Simon Williams told the newspaper: "The tragedy is that Young’s see the pub as the main asset and the live music as an irritant, when for the past three years the gigs have kept the pub alive."

He added: "The venue has been lacking in investment because it has been on and off the market for so long. The casual gig-goer likes a bit of a burger or a touch of tapas with their gig, as proven by terrific venues like the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. This could have been a brilliant opportunity to invest in and secure the future of a great old venue, but nobody has bothered to ask our opinion. Yet again, live music suffers."

Fans wishing to leave memorial messages for the venue can do so via the Club Fandango Facebook page.

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