March 23, 2007 21:10

Sin É confirms final shows

Rising New York rents force another venue to shut its doors

Sin É confirms final shows
Famous New York live venue Sin É has confirmed its final show will be held on April 2.

Rising rents, new laws and insurance costs are behind the closure owner Shane Doyle tells NME.COM.

“We’re closing because it’s too expensive, real estate is going up insurance costs are gone way up.”

And Doyle, who was also responsible for opening rock venue Arlene’s Grocery, says bands rarely return to play the venues where they were discovered.

“The nature of the business has changed. Now a band gets signed and they are gone straight away, even if they want to play at your venue, there’s too many other forces…booking agent, manager, they don’t see much point in coming back to play where they started.”

Originally located on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, Sin É closed down in the mid-nineties and reopened on the Lower East Side in 2003.

Famously known as the launch-pad for Jeff Buckley, the venue hosted many singer-songwriters including David Gray and Katell Keineg, while it’s newer location saw early performances by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Secret Machines and The Walkmen.

Its final weeks will feature shows by Citizen Cope, Die Romantik and Marissa Nadler.

--By our New York staff.
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