London venue forced to temporarily close following roof damage

The 250-capacity Water Rats venue in Kings Cross will re-open on Friday (October 18)

London venue Water Rats has been forced to close until the end of the week after damage to the roof rendered the gig venue unsafe.

Fans hoping to see Israel Nash at the King’s Cross venue on Sunday (October 13) were forced to move to the nearby Slaughtered Lamb at short notice. Speaking to NME, Steve Clayton from Water Rats said that all damage was aesthetic and that the venue will re-open on Friday (October 18) with Lucid Jake due to perform live. All gigs scheduled for Water Rats this week have been either cancelled or moved to alternative venues.

A picture from the venue on the day was taken by Facebook user Simon Alpin and posted to the social networking site on Sunday (See above). Describing his picture, Alpin wrote: “Look what happened at the Water Rats the other day just before sound checks started. Luckily no one was hurt.”

The incident at Water Rats mirrors a similar moment in Southampton where hundreds of fans were evacuated from the opening date of The Story So Far’s UK tour last week (October 8) following complaints that the roof was starting to collapse.

Security guards evacuated the 400-capacity Roxx just halfway into the second song of the US pop-punk band’s set, with eyewitnesses revealing that security set the fire alarms off to evacuate the packed crowd after it became apparent the floor was collapsing.