Culling The Soho Music Scene

The imminent closure of legendary Denmark Street music venue the 12 Bar Club will see the London club become the latest victim of what many see as the culling of the Soho music scene.

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A position to save the venue from the same fate as Madame Jojo’s, The Astoria, Sin, Metro and the Bath House has attracted more than 19,000 signatures, including former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, The Kinks’ Mick Avory and The Who’s Pete Townshend.

The 12 Bar hosted the UK debuts of Jeff Buckley, Keane and Adele. Its closure is part of the gentrification of what was once of London’s sleaziest cultural district and part of the continued development of the Crossrail project.

A Facebook post understood to have been made by a 12 Bar representative said the venue “will live on” and that there will be “details of our new location shortly.”

“We have a long-standing interest in Soho and are intent on working with the local community to preserve and enhance the heritage of Denmark Street and the surrounding area,” a spokesman for Consolidated, the developer that’s sprucing up Soho, told NME.

“As is the nature of redevelopment, change is inevitable, but it is hoped that in the long run this will be instrumental to a positive future for the area.”