The Half Moon Saved From Closure
The Half Moon in Putney, south-west London has been saved from closing down as a live music venue.
It had been under considerable threat from its owners, who wanted to convert it into a more trendy gastro pub. But under an avalanche of protests from local residents and musicians alike the brewery, Young’s, have changed their minds.
The Half Moon has been a live venue since 1963, with the likes of U2 having played there over the years.
Says venue’s manager, James Harris: “The support from the public and the industry has been overwhelming. This was never just about jobs, but about a part of our music heritage. We still face tough times ahead, but at least we can move forward now, and my staff and myself are thrilled and excited”.
It might only be a small victory, but in an era when so many great venues have been closed, it is worth celebrating.