Campaign to ‘save’ Hammersmith Palais launched

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Fans call for London venue to become a listed building

A campaign to save Hammersmith Palais has been launched by fans who want the building to be granted listed status.

As previously reported, the west London music hall is facing closure after 90 years. It looks possible that the building will be demolished and turned into an office block and restaurant by property developers Parkway Properties.

Launching their campaign, the group issued the following statement to CMU.

“Its musical legacy alone should grant it listed status,” they claimed. “It had a huge hand in bringing jazz to the UK in the 1920s and has hosted many a legendary performance since, from Motorhead to The Clash to Bowie.

“While it’s not the most spectacular-looking place from the outside, the interior is grand, and it sits in the middle of a conservation area – so why is it being flattened, and its enduring popularity with generations of music fans proves its life is very far from over.”

The venue has stage many influential gigs, and was immortalised by The Clash song ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’. The venue has also staged the the ShockWaves NME Awards for the last three years, and plays host to this year’s ceremony on March 1.