Thursday, June 23, 2005

Electric Ballroom Won't Go Down the Tube

According to, the Electric Ballroom will be sticking around:

It has been reported the Electric Ballroom in Camden, North London - one of the capital's most iconic venues - has been saved from demolition. It was feared that the proposed redevelopment of Camden's tube station would certainly go ahead with the famed venue being demolished.

The Electric ballroom was opened in 1978 and soon became part of the London gigging scene. It was originally the Buffalo Club opened in the mid 1930's used mainly as a social centre for the large number of Irish immigrants who were coming to Britain to make up for the labour shortage during the Second World War.

...An article on the Transport for London website explained the need for the building: 'The new station cannot be built with the Electric Ballroom remaining in situ. The club which takes up a large part of the centre of the triangular site is required for the construction of the new station's lower concourses and escalator shaft. The ballroom spans both phases of the project and therefore needs to be demolished at the beginning of the construction programme.

...However stars such as Nick Cave and Sir Bob Geldof campaigned against the closure of the venue that has seen a host of top acts play over the years including Iggy Pop, the Clash, Joy Division, Madness, U2, The Smiths, Nick Cave, The Pogues, Public Enemy, Supergrass and Oasis.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott also stepped in and after a public enquiry, has prevented the development from going ahead under its current scheme. Camden Council were also against the demolition plan, which has left London Underground with a return trip to the planning table.
Gosh, they're civilized.

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