London venue The Bull & Gate, a feature of the London live music scene since 1980, is to close in May, promoter Club Fandango has announced. The venue and the pub it is attached to went up for sale in November 2011 and has now been sold to the Youngs brewery, which will close it down for refurbishment on 4 May, and is expected to re-open the building as a fancy pub and restaurant later this year.
Announcing the news, Club Fandango said: “The irony is that having weathered the storm of free gigs and hipster swinging out of East London, having battled through five years of recession and having fought against the tide of depression rolling over the guitar-gripping side of the music industry throughout this decade, the venue is going to be taken down by a gastropub”.
Club Fandango will continue to promote shows around London, and will shortly announce a series of farewell shows at the Bull & Gate.
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