Liverpool venue The Kazimier reportedly under threat

The Wolstenholme Square area looks set for redevelopment

Liverpool venue The Kazimier is reportedly under threat from a planned redevelopment scheme.

Louder Than War writes that the venue and surrounding area is set for a ‘multi-million pound redevelopment’, though the scheme is currently still in the planning stages. The venue saw one of Jamie T’s intimate comeback shows this summer.

The Kazimier is based in Wolstenholme Square, former home of superclub Cream. The Liverpool Echo adds that Hope Street Properties Ltd will start the new building works in two years. The plans will also affect the Nation venue.

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Marc Jones, who promotes nights at Nation told the Echo that “creativity is being squeezed out of Liverpool”. He added: “We are returning to the dark days before the Capital of Culture. The live music scene in Liverpool is dying on its feet. Every city has the same city centre now which has the same shops where no-one can find anything independent. But we want bands to be playing here, in smaller, grottier venues. We want to create a hub of independence. That is what made Liverpool famous. Plans like this take the soul out of the city”.

Meanwhile, Sir Paul McCartney has offered his support to save another arts venue in his hometown of Liverpool. Representatives from St Luke’s Church – better known as “The Bombed-Out Church” – have raised over £20,000 to help running costs of the iconic Leece Street haunt. The former Beatle has spoken about the importance of the venue to the city’s community.

Writing on his official website, McCartney said: “The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people. It is a place that is regularly staffed by students from LIPA and every-day people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon.” The singer joins the likes of Yoko Ono in lending support to the cause.

NME and Jack Daniel’s have teamed up to find Britain’s Best Small Venue 2014.

The votes have been cast and the winning venue will be announced in next week’s issue of NME, on sale November 19.

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