April 30, 2013 17:22

Bristol venue which once hosted Arctic Monkeys to shut down

The Croft will close its doors later this month

Bristol venue which once hosted Arctic Monkeys to shut down

Photo: The Croft

The Croft in Bristol, which once hosted the Arctic Monkeys, has become the latest tiny venue to close its doors.

The 150-capacity club, which opened in 2002, will shut down with a closing party on May 12. The club announced the closure through Facebook, citing "a variety of reasons that will be divulged at a later date". The statement reads: "We are sad to announce that The Croft will be closing on Sunday 12th May. We have decided to sell our lease on for a variety of reasons that we will discuss in more detail at a later date.

"Having been involved with the venue for over 11 years this was a difficult decision to make, but we have had lots of good times and put on some great bands and club nights. We are confident that those of you who have worked with us in the past will know how emotionally attached we are to The Croft and that we wouldn’t make a decision like this without good reason. At this moment in time we are not at liberty to discuss the future of the building, but it will no longer be known as The Croft."

The statement also added that all future shows will now be held at the nearby Exchange venue and all tickets for future shows remain valid. In the past a host of bands have performed at the venue including Arctic Monkeys in their early days, You Me At 6, the defunct The King Blues, The Melvins and Sick Of It All. This week will also see the closure of London venue The Bull and Gate which is due to shut following its final show featuring Ed Harcourt on May 4. It will reopen as a gastropub later this year.

Meanwhile, NME is currently on the hunt for the for the best small venue in Britain, in association with JD Roots. NME's annual search began in 2011. Fans can vote for any gig room or performance space with a capacity of 500 or under. Regional winners will be announced before an overall winner is revealed in June.

To vote for your favourite small venue head to nme.com/smallvenues now. While you're there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them.

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