London’s Luminaire venue to close next month

Kilburn club will shut its doors after New Year's Eve

London‘s Luminaire venue is to close at the end of this year.

The 300-capacity Kilburn venue has been operating since 2005 and has played host to gigs by Jamie T, Bat For Lashes and Babyshambles, amongst many others, since then.

The venue’s management told NME that the closure was due to “many contributing factors – but it just wasn’t financially viable any more. Better to get out while we still have our pants on and the old girl’s got her dignity intact.”

They also issued a statement about the closure this morning (November 25) via their official website, Theluminaire.co.uk. “It makes no sense for us to continue,” the message read.

The venue will close after December 31 along with its sister bar, The King’s Head, but the venue’s managers have said that they plan to schedule some farewell gigs for March next year.

There is no word yet on what will happen about the gigs scheduled to take place at the venue next year, with The Caezars and Band Of Heathens booked in to play there in 2011.

“It is with sadness that we have to announce the closure of The Luminaire and The King’s Head on December 31,” the venue chiefs said. “It’s been a labour of love for a while now, and at this point it makes no sense for us to continue. We hope to be able to do some final farewell shows, probably in late March, and we’ll let you know about those through the usual channels.

“To all those who supported this independent venue, and the great artists who played here since we opened back on March 1, 2005, you have our grateful thanks. We were nothing without you.”

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