Historic London music venue The Astoria is to close its doors on January 15th but before the developers move in, a host of musicians are giving it a proper send off...
DiS can exclusively reveal that Mansun's Paul Draper will be performing with My Vitriol, taking the stage for the first time in seven years since the demise of Mansun.
Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. has helped organize the event, which has currently announced the likes of The Automatic, My Vitriol and Fran Turner with lots more guests to be announced.
Here are the the details he sent us:
ASTORIA: The LAST GOODBYE Show
Wednesday 14th January 2009. 6pm – midnight, then send-off aftershow ‘til late.
This will be the last live show at the London Astoria that has been pulled together at the final hour in conjunction with the bands themselves. We love the venue: we have grown up watching bands here, accomplished dreams by playing here, and now we will say our farewell.
It is a very sad day to lose a popular venue of such character and history but at least we will see it out one last time. All proceeds will be going to Love Music Hate Racism and Jail Guitar Doors, so we urge everyone to get behind the gig and give it a push, so that we can make this a night to remember as we say farewell to one of London's legendary music venues.
After numerous campaigns and public disappointment, the London Astoria finally closes its doors on January 15th. A club night will have the honour of hosting the final night but we thought it wouldn't be right for the capital's most iconic venue to close without a few live bands.
After a few frantic days of trying to encourage all we knew to get involved,we have a line up on the 14th, which includes:
My Vitriol (plus guest appearance)
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
The King Blues
and many more still to confirm...
We're still waiting to hear back from many other bands, most of which will either turn up and play, or be announced over the next few days. Many thanks to all the bands/managers/agents who have shown support at such short notice!
All proceeds from the Gig will go to support the excellent work of Love Music Hate Racism and Jail Guitar Doors. Tickets are £8 adv. and £10 on door and will go on sale on Thursday January 8th through Stargreen and the Astoria box office.
More info will be updated as and when. I think its going to be one of those nights...
Will give you more info tomorrow. Many thanks!
DiScuss: are you going? What will be your lasting memory of the Astoria? Who else would you like to see join the bill? To see all our overage from the Astoria click here