Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett to open new London venue

The co-founder of the Communion label will open the new premises later this year

Mumford & Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett is set to open a new music venue in London in the autumn.

Lovett, who also co-founded the Communion record label, will be the driving force behind the new Omeara venue, set to be located in the Borough area of the capital. It’ll be a part of a new development on London’s South Bank called “The Low Line”, which aims to connect Waterloo with London Bridge via a pedestrian walkway “lined with common spaces and local businesses.”

Speaking about the announcement, Lovett said that the opening of the new venue was a particularly momentous development to occur in a climate where a number of music venues in the capital are closing their doors.

“Over the last few years, London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline,” Lovett said.

“It has always shocked me how such an important global capital shuts down so many of its doors so early at night,” he continued. “There are thousands of people who don’t work to standard office hours, or have to work long, late hours. That shouldn’t mean they miss out on having some fun with their mates on the dance-floor a bit later on in the evening. I hope Omeara can be a club that provides that, and celebrate the 24 hour nature of London that is impossible to ignore.”

“It’s early days right now, and we’ve got plenty of hard work to do before we even open the doors to Omeara, but I’m extremely excited for its future and what it can do for London.”

The first of Omeara’s live bookings will be announced in September.