|Half Moon Music Venue Saved|
as threatened venue gets last minute reprieve
One of London's oldest and most famous live music venues, The Half Moon in Putney, which was due to close its doors on the 31st January has been saved. The historic venue which has seen performances over the years by The Rolling Stones, U2 and Kasabian was due to become a gastro-pub. But after an extensive campaign and massive public uproar plus huge support from the press as well as the venue's local MP, landlords Young's reconsidered their plans and have now announced that they intend to keep the premises open as a live music venue.
Unable to ignore the strength of public feeling towards the closure of The Half Moon and the determination of its staff to keep it open, Young's offered a last minute reprieve - including a package to help the tenants get through these unprecedented economic times. In return The Half Moon have agreed to introduce food, and have employed a new promotions team who plan to revitalise the venue and its booking policy.
Harry Hill who lent his voice to support the venue said:
Carrie Davies, bookings manager at The Half Moon from 1998 – 2006 has returned and is now a partner in the business. The venue's former marketing and technical guru Stevie Wyatt is also back after 3 years freelancing as a consultant, and promoter of the reputable weekly Halfmoon Unplugged, Redvers Bailey will also be taking a more permanent role. Together the team aim to expand on the Half Moon's programme of up & coming newly signed and unsigned acts, reducing the amount of cover bands.
On hearing the news that the venue had been saved, local MP Justine Greening said:
January 8, 2010