Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been shut since Friday (December 4)
London venue Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been shut since Friday (December 4) due to “serious structural damage”.
Courteeners were due to play the west London venue on Friday night but were forced to pull the gig at the last minute. Fans have been told to retain their tickets for future use.
“We’ve just been told it’s ‘serious structural damage’. They checked a problem and it was a lot worse than they first thought,” frontman Liam Fray tweeted.
He added: “I know you’re all disappointed. But if something happened to one of those balconies with all you guys inside it does not bear even thinking about.”
There has been no information regarding the situation from the venue, though news is expected later today (December 7). “Afraid we won’t have news about our structural works until Monday, sorry we can’t reply to all individual tweets until we have more info,” reads a tweet from the venue. NME has contacted those at the venue for more details.
As Upset points out, a number of gigs scheduled to take place at Shepherds Bush Empire have been moved to alternative venues. Rock band Hawkwind have moved their December 20 gig to The Coronet in Elephant and Castle.
The band explained the move on Facebook: “As some of you may have heard, it seems Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been declared structurally unsafe and we have been told that they have had to cancel the rest of their shows this year. We are just so thankful that their H&S checks uncovered the danger and prevented a potential disaster….”
Shepherds Bush Empire is one of London’s most recognisable venues and first opened its doors in 1903 as a music hall. The 2000 capacity venue has hosted bands including Deerhunter, Beach House, Father John Misty (pictured above), Brandon Flowers, Jack Garratt, Leon Bridges, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Fifth Harmony, PiL and Yo La Tengo in 2015.