After the famous London venue is threatened with closure, the city’s music scene rallies in support.
Following the distressing news that The Roadhouse, one of Covent Garden’s oldest live music venues, faces eviction, the venue has curated a month of live gigs to raise awareness of the risk of closure, whilst also using it as an opportunity to further enrich the programming and support emerging and breaking new musical talent.
Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout April, The Roadhouse will host #SaveRoadhouse – a free live early-evening music night featuring performances from some of London’s best up-and-coming musicians, with headline performances from The Wholls, Asylums and more. Entry will be free, with the venue’s legendary 2-4-1 happy hour being honoured – making it one of the most-accessible and intimate opportunities for Londoners to enjoy breaking new bands and solo performers.
“Covent Garden’s Roadhouse is another of Central London’s live music venues under threat,” Asylums say. “It’s essential that these gig spots are kept alive to keep the capital’s live music scene alive. The venue is under pressure from the landlord and the council so we’ve signed up to play one of the support gigs the venue is running. It’s also an opportunity for all our fans to see Asylums live for free and get a taste of the forthcoming album. We’ll be doing a 30 minute showcase set. Our Cool Thing Records label mates Suspects are also main support and awesome. Drinks are also 2-for-1 so fill your boots. “
If landlord and developer Capital & Counties (Capco) is given planning permission by Westminster City Council to develop part of the building, the venue will have to close.
On top of this, the venue is staging a photocall this Tuesday 17 April at 4pm outside the Roadhouse, asking anyone who feels strongly about this situation to join in a mass photo protesting the plans.
In addition to the 11,000+ signatures, Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stone, and Amy Lame, Night Czar, have given their support to the Roadhouse which has traded for over 25 years in the basement of Jubilee Hall on The Piazza.
Here’s the full line-up for #saveroadhouse
Tuesday 17 April: Asylums – as part of a Cool Thing Records Night; Suspects, Tom Bright & The Dynamite
Thursday 19 April: Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations – Single launch, Penny Mob, The Severs
Tuesday 24 April: China Bowls, Romances, Chloe Foy
Thursday 26 April: The Wholls, Hello Operator, Fossette, Tom Forest