London venue Bull & Gate is set to close on May 4th after losing out to a gastropub.
The Bull & Gate pub is part of the bed rock of London's music scene, a place where countless careers have been kicked off (or, indeed, halted altogether). It's not the most refined of boozers, but then perhaps that's why we went there so often.
Lasting some 33 years, the Bull & Gate has sadly decided to close its doors. Promoters Club Fandango took over the Bull & Gate on June 1 2010, and told fans this afternoon (February 6th) that the venue would shut up shop on May 4th.
The building has been sold to the Youngs chain and will be closed for refurbishment across the summer - it's thought it will open as a bar / restaurant later in the year.
Losing out to a gastropub, the Bull & Gate is set to become another lost landmark for London's musicians. Here's the statement in full:
"Since 1980 a small, slightly smelly, part of the Kentish Town Road has been a home-from-home for hundreds of young hopefuls seeking to make their way in the musical world. For the past 11,680-ish nights the Bull & Gate has put its balls on the line and the good, the bad and the most maddening of bands on its stage, aided by a perfectly aligned live room and a frankly excellent PA. It may not always have been pretty. But it was always pretty bloody interesting".
"[When Club Fandango arrived] they brought with them the wholesome likes of mybandsbetterthanyourband, BBH, Steve Lamacq’s Going Deaf For A Living, PRS, Amazing Radio, Killing Moon, Best Of Myspace, fierce panda’s Bamboooozled and AIM-endorsed Labelled With Love shows with record companies such as Xtra Mile, Too Pure, Idle Fret and Alcopop! Records. They have, frankly, been having fun, and had every intention of having much more fun until the news broke".
"The irony is that having weathered the storm of free gigs and hipster swinging out of East London, having battled through five years of recession and having fought against the tide of depression rolling over the guitar-gripping side of the music industry throughout this decade the venue is going to be taken down by a gastropub. In the true tradition of modern communications we have set up a Facebook of condolence: please wend your weary way to www.facebook.com/clubfandango to leave your memories of good nights before we say goodnight to the old dear."