The Slow Death of Music Venues in Cities

The Guardian’s David Pollock discusses the role of small music clubs in cities and the decline of venues in London.

“Indeed, Melbourne is in many ways an ideal music city. Live venues get special status under the Liquor Act; grants are available at all levels for artists and venues; the Music Futures fund committed $2m to music education in primary schools.

London is a different story. In gentrifying Soho the area’s reputation as a live music hub has collapsed, with only six venues remaining from a peak of 17, while Hackney borough council’s recent plans to curtail post-midnight licences have caused consternation.”

Read the full article here.

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