Mayor Boris Johnson vows to ‘safeguard and revive’ London’s live music venues

Number of grassroots music venues has decreased by 35 per cent since 2007

London Mayor Boris Johnson has promised to protect live music venues in the capital following a large number of closures in recent years.

A new report, titled London’s Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan, found that the number of grassroots music venues has decreased by 35 per cent since 2007.

Responding to the report, Johnson now vows to introduce new measures to help “safeguard and revive” live music in London.

“From the Rolling Stones to David Bowie, the Clash to Oasis and Ed Sheeran to Adele, grassroots music venues have played a key role in enabling some of the biggest names in music to develop as artists and to build audiences. They are the incubators for the stars that go on to pack stadiums in London and across the world,” Johnson said, as reported by City AM.


“The Music Venues Taskforce report makes it clear that protecting live music venues is crucial to London’s continued position as the music capital of the world. This timely report will shape our long-term action plan to safeguard and revive London’s vital network of live music venues, ensuring the future of the capital’s culturally and economically important music scene.”

The report recommends that developers, not venues themselves, will be responsible for problems (such as noise complaints) that might arise between new residents and a longstanding venue.

The London Music Development Board will be responsible for implementing the recommendations of the report.