Hammersmith Palais To Be Leveled

Music fans lost their fight to save Hammersmith Palais as a venue with the January 22nd announcement that the local authority has approved its teardown to make way for a restaurant and office block.

Despite campaigners’ continued attempts to have the building listed, Fulham and Hammersmith Council have approved proposals by property developers Parkway Properties to knock it down.

The development of the venue hinged on conservation area of consent being granted, which has now been given the go-ahead.

"We recognise the contribution the Palais has made to the west London music scene, but the golden days of the club are long gone," Hammersmith and Fulham councillor Lucy Ibimy told the BBC.

During its 90-year history, the legendary venue has played host to the likes of U2, Sex Pistols, and The Rolling Stones, and was immortalised by The Clash song "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais."

It has also staged the Shockwaves NME Awards for the last four years, and will play host to this year’s ceremony on March 1st.

Kasabian (February 13th) and Jamie T (March 2nd) play the venue as part of this year’s Shockwaves.