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it's been on a 6 month lease for a while now.
at least there's this?
''He also added that the Astoria will be replaced with a new venue designed as part of the nearby Tottenham Court Road development, adding: "We're basically putting in a vast train station but the developers that have actually drawn up the scheme for the area are replacing it (the Astoria) with a larger live music venue''
maybe it'll be as good as the islington academy?!?
WE CAN ONLY HOPE!
read the article + comments below. this seems to be a final final confirmation.
this is just a shame really :(
"if only this place was LARGER!!!!11"
THAT CERTAINLY NEEDED TO BE BIGGER!
"if only this large band could play in zone 1 (and not in a park)"
i ctrl+f'd "astoria" but nothing came up.
We've known for about 2 years that it was going to get the chop as part of Crossrail.
this is basically the final condemnation, and comes after other government officials have, as recently as last month, said they hope it could be saved. back in your box!
or something. insert irrational comment about jews (david icke centric)/crazy government
so many memories!
bring on the future i guess!
THAT REALLY IS THE FUTURE!!!"!wqe"!£"£!
fuck the astoria.
to be NME and XFM?
i suppose we'll be happier when we can all get from our modern apartments in Stratford into central London in 17.2 minutes.
than the Astoria. Sad to see it go, but life goes on. No-one moans anymore about shutting down the Clarendon in Hammersmith or the Canearvon Castle in Camden.
the building-wot-formerly-was-the-caernarvon-castle has mostly been demolished now!
It failed as a result of booking shit bands. Then it turned into the Camden Rock Cafe (uberLOLs) and continued booking shit bands. Then it turned into a clothes shop. Then it got burnded.
I don't get why they need to run another line right underneath it. There's about 50 central station within about 5 minutes of there.
i should be mayor
and knock down 'Zavvi' and that grim pub The Tottenham.
Don't think anyone would miss that too much.
No! My favourite venue, it's just the right size for when a band is breaking through. Why do they want to build a bigger venue in it's place?
35,000 signatures on a petition is quite a lot, shows how little difference they tend to make. Depressing, very depressing.
Hell, out of the 7 million people in Greater London it's still tiny - 0.5% of Londoners
the 55million UK pop is irrelevant, and out of the 7million London pop you can half that straight away for people of a gig going age.
You have to look at meeting the interests of different taste groups within London, and put another way, the amount of people who signed the petition and use the facility could fill it 20 times over. And thats just the people that found the petition.
wants it saved.
as it's the only London venue that really bridges the gap between the 1000-capacity Scala/Koko/Shepherd's Bush Empire type venues, and the 4000-capacity Brixton Academy/Hammersmith Apollo. Unless you count the Forum, which is the worst venue on Earth.
shepherd's bush is about twice the size of the astoria!
but i largely agree otherwise.
both venues have the same capacity of 2,000.
i could hop from one side of he astoria to the other in less than 10 seconds!
Both of which are very near there. Will they be affected?
I use 'em way more...
I'm in a band that struggles to attract enough people to fill an airing cupboard, let alone the Astoria.
i think people would have mentioned.
it mentioned at some point, but i doubt it will happen now as they're redeveloping that site at the western end at the moment and i would assume if the whole area was going to be flattened they wouldn't bother. also rich people live on that side of charing cross road and they'll have all the covent garden tenants associations on their side and you really don't want to fuck with them.
but I'm sure I've heard somewhere Enterprise is likely to go. Which fucks me up way more than the Astoria going...
Shame, lots of memories associated with this place, but onwards with progress I guess *sigh*
The Metro more than the Astoria.
they are already drilling some hole which has something to do with cross rail.
Well they were last week anyway.
"they have already been drilling some hole...."
thank you, i'm here until i leave!
I liked it and I'll be sad to see it go, but if it gets replaced with a similar sized venue in the same area then I can't grumble.
2. no, that's it.
shame they're not piling through denmark street :( enterprise studios would find another grim delapidated building with the cure for aids and cancer growing as mold on the walls somewhere else in central london surely?
I would miss doing my silence of the lambs impression in the basement rooms though...
venue once and it was cramped and overcrowded. I am old though, I wanted my own space and a nice cup of tea by the end of the gig.
Mean Fiddler sold to another company. And now this?!
"I really do not like larger venues, I prefer the intimate ones. Like KOKO or ULU."
Yes, the cavern that is Koko is extremely intimate!
p.s. rubbish news, it's a damn nice venue, although it was always pretty inevitable.
I thought this. Koko is a ballroom compared to the Astoria. Hmmm...
so the astoria is a dive. So what. The sound was decent and you could see the stage and you didnt get crushed unless you asked for it.
koko is nice but the sound is awful.
Astoria was legendary. Its in a pretty legendary part of London. and now its going to be a train station.
If they're replacing it with a venue, it better the best bloody venue London's ever seen. If they put some thought into it it could be really something - all the converted theatres have the issues of the structure already being there - with Koko being shit but then Brixton and Shepherds Bush Empire being pretty awesome.
basically, they need another shepherds bush empire. Or a new astoria. without the shitty stairwell and the general scummyness of the surrounding area.
One of my favourite venues ever.
that i'll be able to tell future generations that i went to the "legendary" astoria?
sad to see it go. ah well.
doesn't have "toilet guys"?
Note to Londoners from everyone that comes from outside London: we find these really, really odd as an idea.
is the guy at the metro club. he's usually asleep by about 1:30am.
who tried to molest jamie summers.
in Halifax, too.
20+ years ago.
Seen some 'legendary' shows there. Mudhoney, Tad & Nirvana together. Afghan Whigs, Mogwai + Arab Strap and SFA. Pavement, Sebadoh, Teenage Fanclub, Animal Collective etc etc etc
Not bothered in the slightest that it's gonna be knocked down. Smelly old dump with pushy security and over priced rubbish drinks. That its got away with being so crap for so long is mystifying. Koko's by no means perfect, but at least it's clean(ish) if a little odd smelling.....
rather than the building itself. I'm going to be sad to see the actual venue go, always thought it was a perfect size for the right type of gig, and had a great atmosphere.
At The Drive-In, White Stripes, Blur, The Rapture, to name a few - good times!
not the greatest venue in the world but shame to see it go... although a new venue of the same size would be nice.
I've always seen it as a soulless circuit venue that EVERY mildly successful indie band seems obliged to play as soon as they release their first album
Now if they were knocking down Scala, it'd be a different matter entirely...
that I'm seeing Foals there on Monday night
I'M PART OF THE PROBLEM
that is probably one of the stupidest comments i've read on here in a long time...you want "soulless" you go to the islington academy et al
but apart from that, i dont really care...
was possibly the best sound i've ever heard in my life.
go red ken...we all know the newt knows best
this is. The Astoria, the park in Soho square, and the other nearby venues (metro and LA2) remind me of many good times.
And in a few years (ha!) there'll be a bastard train station there with disgusting buildings in their place.