NME Awards home under threat

Hammersmith Palais faces closure after 90 years

Historic music venue Hammersmith Palais, home of the NME Awards and host to the likes of The Clash, U2 and Sex Pistols, is facing the threat of closure after 90 years.

The London venue, which has provided a launching pad for a host of breaking bands over the years, looks set to be demolished and turned into an office block and restaurant.

US based developers Parkway Properties, who own the Palais, have put forward the conversion proposals which will be considered by Hammersmith and Fulham Council by January 24.

If the development is approved, it will spell the end of one of London‘s most historic music venues.

Over the years, the Palais has played host to thousands of bands and artists from the likes of Glenn Miller and Bill Haley to the Rolling Stones, U2, The Pogues, Sex Pistols and Justin Timberlake.

The venue is also famously known for The Clash track ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’, which was written by late frontman Joe Strummer in 1978 after he saw a series of reggae artists at the venue.

In the 1990s Elton John held a lavish 50th birthday bash and a teenage Prince William attended a ball with his friends from Eton.

Over the last four years, the venue has been the home of the annual NME Awards, and provided a base for Saturday club night ‘School Disco’.

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