London venue the Buffalo Bar is to close, it has been confirmed.
The venue, situated in Highbury, north London, has been open since 2000 but will close its doors for the last time on December 31. The venue has hosted many bands in the past 14 years and is also where The Horrors‘ (pictured right) Cave Club is held.
The news was announced on the venue’s Facebook page earlier today (November 13). The property recently came under control of new landlords who have served the Buffalo Bar its notice. The venue will stay closed until an alternate use for the space has been found.
Confirming that their New Year’s Eve celebrations will be the last, the statement from the Buffalo Bar reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the imminent closure of the Buffalo Bar. We have been served a very short notice period from our new landlords, after being here for over 14 years. They remain undecided what to do with our space. It will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Make of that what you will.”
“The statement continues: So, after all this time, we will be hosting our final event on New Years Eve, 2014. This night will serve as a fundraiser for our full time staff, who find themselves without a job just before Christmas. For anyone wants to come down and say goodbye, now is the time.
“In the meantime, we are putting together a few memorable shows, with some of our favourite bands from down the years, starting with The Subways on December 3. Further events will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with us; all the promoters, the DJs, the many thousands of bands and, of course, all the staff who’ve pitched in over the years.”
Bands who have played the Buffalo Bar in the past include The Libertines, The Kooks, The Joy Formidable and Art Brut.
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.