London venue Power Lunches to close: ‘It’s difficult to do stuff in a city so focused on profit’

Small venue will shut its doors for last time on December 23

East London venue Power Lunches is to close, it has been confirmed.

The 150-capacity venue, located on Kingsland Road in Dalston, has hosted gigs by bands and artists such as Empress Of, Rolo Tomassi, Joanna Gruesome, Cheatahs, Shopping and Ultimate Painting in the past two years.

However, the venue today announced that a final gig will take place on December 19 and that it will cease to exist as Power Lunches after December 23. Sauna Youth (pictured above) will headline the final gig on a bill which also includes The Glugg, Not Sorry and The Rebel.

A statement points to the rising costs of operating a business in London as being behind the closure. “I’m afraid we are closing, in the last year it has become financially unviable for us to carry on without compromising the integrity of what Power Lunches is known and loved for,” the statement begins.

“We all know it has become increasingly difficult to do good stuff in a city that is so focused on making a profit without much concern for anything else but we’ve had 4 great years and we hope everyone will remember us fondly knowing we did our best to support independent bands and promoters in London. There is a chance we will reopen at a new premises in the new year but in the mean time please give DIY Space for London all your support and come and help us go out in style on the 19th. Thanks to everyone who played , promoted, bought drinks, hung out, danced and made Power Lunches Power Lunches.”

This is the latest small venue closure in London following the end of places including Madame Jojos, Plastic People, Buffalo Bar and 12 Bar Club in the past few years. The Coronet in Elephant & Castle will be closed in January 2017.