November 13, 2013 19:16

Radiohead-approved music shop saved from closure

Oxford City Council voted against a proposal to turn the Professional Music Technology store into a restaurant

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Professional Music Technology, a music store in Oxford which counts members of Radiohead and Supergrass as fans, has been saved from plans to turn it into a restaurant.

Travelodge own the site on which the shop sits and are set to open a hotel on the upper floors of the unit and wanted to turn the ground floor, which is currently occupied by the shop, into a restaurant. However, yesterday (November 12) Oxford City Council voted unanimously against the proposal, reports BBC News.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail about his fondness for the store, Radiohead's Colin Greenwood said: "I love PMT. It is the first place I go to when I need to get anything. It is very down to earth. I have known those guys for a long time. It is a drop-in place to meet and chat. I still get my own gear and they can answer difficult technical questions about computers and synthesisers."

Solo singer Gaz Coombes, formerly of Supergrass, said: "I've been going to PMT Music shop since I was young, as have many fellow musicians and friends. There is nothing like it in Oxford and it's vital for the continual nurturing of Oxford music... It's the cultural soul of Oxford and the birthplace of many great artists and musicians, with PMT providing an important hub for the vast amount of creative people living here."

When the verdict was revealed, Coombes tweeted: "Congrats to all at @PmtOxford !Application to close down PMT music store in Oxford refused!! Decision unanimous! You lose, Travelodge!!"

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