London’s 12 Bar Club to re-open in new location

The venue will swap Denmark Street for Holloway Road

London’s 12 Bar Club is set to re-open in a new location.

The Denmark Street venue will shut its doors permanently this week, despite a petition on change.org which had been signed by more than 25,000 people, including Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, the Kinks’ Mick Avory, and The Who’s Pete Townshend

The Islington Tribune reports that a new outpost of the venue will open this week on Holloway Road in north London, at at Phibbers pub. 12 Bar manager Andy Lowe has said of the new 12 Bar: “Obviously, there will be lots of teething troubles as it is such a new and different environment in every sense but it is an area that does have music venues, some of which do well and some not so well. Buffalo Bar used to be just down the road from our new place and that was great.There is a large student demographic in the area so there is a lot of potential there, as some venues have been well sustained around here, but others have not.”

Since the Denmark Street location opened in 1994, the 12 Bar Club has been a key breaking ground for unsigned artists. The venue saw UK debuts from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Katie Melua, Keane, and Adele, as well as performances from The Libertines and Jamie T.

A spokesperson for the property developer Consolidated said in September 2014 of their plans for Denmark Street: “We have a long-standing interest in Soho and are intent on working with the local community to preserve and enhance the heritage of Denmark Street and the surrounding area. As is the nature of redevelopment, change is inevitable, but it is hoped that in the long run this will be instrumental to a positive future for the area”.