Brewery, Enterprise Inns, confirmed its demise in a statement: "The Boat Race in Cambridge will be closing towards the end of January for a substantial refurbishment to improve the facilities and meet the demands of the surrounding developing area.
"We are currently unsure of closure dates as we are liaising with a number of contractors. Needless to say we will be keen to help the lessee/licensee to promote the site once it is ready for re-opening. There will be a new lessee/licensee for the pub and we cannot yet comment about the style of operation he/she will choose to adopt and whether that includes live music."
The Boat Race has hosted countless gigs by the likes of The Darkness, Oasis, Stereophonics, and hundreds more alongside local acts such as The Broken Family Band, The Dawn Parade, Houston 500, Miss Black America, Street Regal and many more.
The final night at The Boat Race will be headlined by The Broken Family Band with support from Right Turn Clyde, and The Dawn Parade’s Greg McDonald. Tickets, which are selling fast, cost £6, in advance, from the venue.
Local alternative radio station Radio 209 has organized a petition to rally support to try and save the Boat Race from closure. Petition organizer Karl Hartland said "We would like to try and impress upon the new guv'ner that losing the Boat Race as a live music venue would be sad to say the least. Recent times have not seemed kind to the old girl for various reasons but adding to the profusion of eateries in Cambridge would be false economy and a massive loss to the music and arts scenes in the city."
You can sign Radio 209’s petition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Contacts will be kept confidential until submission to Enterprise Inns.
Alternatively, make your views known to Enterprise by emailing them at email@example.com