He will be buying "a couple of places" outside London, though...

VINCE POWER, the man behind the MEAN FIDDLER empire, which owns many of LONDON’s live venues and promotes the READING FESTIVAL, has denied rumours that the group is set to buy popular LONDON club THE END.

However, speaking to NME.COM this afternoon, Power did say that he plans to buy “a couple of places” outside of London.

“There is no truth in the rumour [about the purchase of The End],” he said. “It probably came out of the fact that we floated the company recently and people presume we are buying. But if I bought every place I looked at I’d be doing well.”

Power would not say whether had indeed looked at The End.

“The long-term future of Mean Fiddler is acquisition and expansion,” he added. “We will be buying a couple of places not in London, but I’d rather not say where just at the moment.”

Mean Fiddler already owns the Astoria, the Kentish Town Forum, the Highbury Garage, the Camden Jazz Café and the Subterania in London. Aside from the Reading and Leeds festival, the organisation also promotes the London Fleadh, Glasgow Gig On The Green and the Homelands dance festivals.