London music venue The Bull and Gate to close in May

The Kentish Town favourite will become a gastropub

London music venue The Bull and Gate to close in May

Photo: Andy Macleod

London music venue The Bull and Gate is to shut down in May and reopen as a gastropub.

News of the closure of the venue, most popular during the Britpop days of the 1990s thanks to its location in Kentish Town. Releasing an official statement, promotors Club Fandango revealed that gastropub chain Youngs will reopen in the summer.

The statement reads: "The Bull and Gate, that north London bastion of alternative rock and indie-pop rumblings for over 30 years, will cease operating as a live venue on Saturday May 4 2013. The entire building has been sold to the Youngs chain and will be closed for refurbishment. It is expected to reopen as a pub restaurant in the summer."

It adds: "Since 1980 a small, slightly smelly, part of the Kentish Town Road has been a home-from-home for hundreds of young hopefuls seeking to make their way in the musical world. For the past 11,680-ish nights the Bull and Gate has put its balls on the line and the good, the bad and the most maddening of bands on its stage, aided by a perfectly aligned live room and a frankly excellent PA. It may not always have been pretty. But it was always pretty bloody interesting."

The statement continues "Promoting stalwarts Club Fandango took over the Bull and Gate diary on June 1st 2010. They brought with them the wholesome likes of mybandsbetterthanyourband, BBH, Steve Lamacq’s Going Deaf For A Living, PRS, Amazing Radio, Killing Moon, Best Of Myspace, fierce panda’s Bamboooozled and AIM-endorsed Labelled With Love shows with record companies such as Xtra Mile, Too Pure, Idle Fret and Alcopop! Records. They have, frankly, been having fun, and had every intention of having much more fun until the news broke."

It concludes: "For Club Fandango the journey continues elsewhere: they were already launching a new monthly night with fierce panda at the Shacklewell Arms, starting on February 12th with Goldheart Assembly headlining. Then there are forthcoming shows at the Borderline with Dingus Khan (April 18th), the Scala with The Crookes (May 21st) and Islington Assembly Hall with Ultrasound (June 1st). There will be more groovy gigs in a variety of venues from the summer onwards, but for now they have three months remaining in the Bull and Gate diary, and they intend to make those three months a blast. We could bleat on about how unfair life is on the live circuit but, holding our pints high let us instead remember The Good Times"

Fans wishing to leave memorial messages for the venue can do so via the Club Fandango Facebook page.

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