"That's it - all done"
The music institution and beloved venue of the Bierkeller in Bristol has been forced to suddenly close its doors due to redevelopment.
Over the years, the bar and venue on All Saints Street seen the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, Nirvana, The Stone Roses and The Pixies on their stage. Nirvana’s gig was famously the first UK headline show of their tour for ‘Nevermind’.
But now, after decades of welcoming bands from around the world, investing in the local music scene and providing a hub for music fans, the Bierkeller have been forced out by the building’s owners.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the closure of the Bristol Bierkeller as of today,” said the venue in a statement on Facebook. “The owners of the building we are housed in have decided to re develop the whole site, and sorry to say we are not part of their plans.”
They continued: “We are in the process of moving most of our gigs to other Bristol venues with all original tickets valid, look out for announcements…otherwise if you need to get a refund for any shows please go to the place of purchase.
“This is a very sad time for all of us at the Bierkeller, there have been some historic gigs over the years including the first UK show for Nirvana…Royal Blood, Biffy Clyro, Arctic Monkeys, Janes Addiction, Tool, PJ Harvey, Stone Roses, Cage the Elephant, Pixes, Ash, Fear Factory, Nile, Sleaford Mods…it goes on. Plus all the great theatre, comedy and club nights… but that’s it…all done…”
Last year, it was revealed that the Bristol Thekla was also under threat from a nearby residential development.
The Government recently announced the Agent Of Change initiative to help save independent music venues, however this will not work to retrospectively save those already shut down.