Save London’s live music venues: city-wide campaign launched

Mayor of London’s task force makes six recommendations to save remaining venues and encourage new ones to open

A urgent city-wide campaign has been launched to save London’s live music venues, the number of which has declined by 35% in eight years.

Since 2007, 50 venues have shut their doors for good, leaving the capital with just 88. Historic venues such as the Marquee Club, the Astoria, the 12 Bar Club, Water Rats and Madame Jojo’s have disappeared from the map, falling victim to high costs, complaints from residents and pressures from developers. Many more are on the brink of closure.

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