Are we becoming numb to the news of closures in the capital?
It seems appropriate that as another potential space for cultural development is condemned to be turned into flats, we report on something that visually highlights the widespread problem of over-development in London.
The map below details the number of clubs that have faced closure since 2007, with red flags signifying those that have been shut down. The problem is widespread; no area of the city is left untouched as a big red cluster shows it’s not just the more provincial venues that have closed.
It makes for sorry viewing, though thankfully the map is part of a much more positive scheme: Boris Johnson’s ‘Music Venue Taskforce’. The initiative, supported by the owners of venues like Village Underground in Shoreditch and 100 Club on Oxford Street, seeks to find solutions for the widespread club closures.
Billed as “a look at the crisis in London’s live music scene, and possible solutions” a report put together by the task force shows an in depth exploration into possible solutions. It can be read in full here.
In the meantime, we can keep an eye out and be thankful for new venues that are pushing through against all odds, like The Pickle Factory and Behind This Wall, which are both new openings in East London.
10 Nov 2015