Campaigning: Engelbert Humperdinck outside the 12 Bar Club in November
Published: 19 December, 2014
by WILLIAM McLENNAN
A LEGENDARY music venue in the West End's Tin Pan Alley will close next month as developers take over the building.
The team behind the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street have been told by landlords Consolidated Developments that they must vacate the premises by January 16.
It follows the closure of Madame JoJo’s in Brewer Street last month. A campaign to preserve the street’s musical heritage has been gathering pace over the year and was endorsed by The Who’s Pete Townshend this week. Last month Engelbert Humperdinck visited the street, where he spent much of his early career, and posed for a photo outside the 12 Bar.
The venue, which has run as the 12 Bar since 1994, has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including the late Jeff Buckley, Katie Melua, Seasick Steve, Keane, and Adele.
Henry Scott-Irvine, who has been leading the Save Denmark Street campaign said: “We’re concerned about the gradual erosion of the street. Many shops on the north side have been there for donkeys’ years but are now on six-month arrangements with one-month break clauses.”
On Facebook, the 12 Bar organisers said: “We are very sad to announce that The 12 Bar Club has been given notice to vacate Denmark Street by the middle of January.”
More than 17,000 people have signed a petition titled “Don’t Bin Tin Pan Alley”. Many of the street’s music stores are expected to lose the back end of their shop floor to the development and Mr Scott-Irvine is calling for an exemption from business rates to help the independent traders survive.