The punk five-piece, who released their debut record ‘Songs of Praise’ last year, will perform a set on Wednesday (March 20) at the central London venue that was this week revealed to be under threat of closure.
The establishment needs to raise £95,000 in two weeks or it will shut, with developers planning to redevelop the space as a chain cocktail bar. As the venue’s 20th anniversary approaches, the current proprietors have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent this.
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Robin Turner, who was one of the brains behind setting up the Little Portland Street venue, told NME that “when these rooms go, they’re gone forever”, and urged fans to donate.
“Give these venues some love now because they won’t be there forever and you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Going to gigs, buying a couple of pints and feeding frantic energy into venues…that’s what makes these places tick,” Turner said.
He added that the fundraising campaign – which if successful would enable the team to develop “a better viewing area downstairs” as well as a dressing room and improvements to the PA – will prove “a real test of whether people give a shit about the venue or not”.
The band were recently announced for the 2019 edition of Iceland Airwaves Festival, joining the likes of Mac DeMarco, Shame and Whitney. The Reykjavik festival returns once more between 6-9 November.