Live music venue the 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street will shut its doors permanently in January 2015.
Henry Scott-Irvine, organiser for campaign group Save Denmark St told NME that the historic venue will close on January 16, 2015.
Scott-Irvine said: “It is with some regret that today The Save Denmark Street Campaign have to announce that the current team running the venue known as the 12 Bar Club will have to vacate the premises on January 16, 2015 as the landowner-property developer Consolidated have served their leaseholder-freeholder ‘break clause’ of 30 days notice, thereby terminating the current lease in perpetuity.”
Since it opened in 1994, 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. Visitors to the 12 Bar this year have included Stewart Lee, Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan, The Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook, The Buzzcocks’ Steve Diggle, Primal Scream’s Little Barry, and Alabama 3.
A petition on change.org has been signed by more than 17,000 people, including Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, the Kink’s Mick Avory, and the Who’s Pete Townsend. It also has the support of local MP Frank Dobson. “The 12 Bar remains a much loved, wholly unique, West End venue experience,” Scott-Irvine continued. “Behind the club is 17th Century Denmark Place. Rehearsal rooms for musicians are situated here and these include Enterprises Studios, which looks set for demolition in January.”
A spokesperson for the property developer Consolidated said in September: “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”.
The news comes on the back of the closure of another historic Soho music venue, Madame Jojo’s, last month.
Signatories of the ‘Don’t Bin Tin Pan Alley!’ petition include:
Marc Almond – Soft Cell
Mick Avory – The Kinks
Chris Blackwell – Founder, Island Records
Captain Sensible – The Damned
Phil Coulter – Songwriter, Puppet On A String
David Essex – Singer
Stephanie De Sykes – Singer
Steve Diggle – The Buzzcocks
Dave Graney – The Moodists
Engelbert Humperdinck – Singer
Albert Lee – Guitarist, The Everly Bros/ Eric Clapton / Emmylou Harris
Glen Matlock – The Sex Pistols
Stephen Dale Petit
Billy Rath – Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers
Pete Townshend – The Who
Val Weedon MBE – Galaxy Entertainment
Geoff Whitehorn – Guitarist, Procol Harum / Family / Elkie Brooks