London Mayor Ken Livingston has confirmed today that the Astoria Theatre looks set to finally close.
Rumours about the closure of the central London venue have long circulated, with 35,000 people reportedly signing a petition in attempt to prevent its demolition.
With regards to preventing the closure, Livingstone said: “There are some instances where that just physically isn’t possible. The construction of (new underground railway line) Crossrail means that the Astoria can’t be saved.”
He did say though that a new venue would be built at nearby Tottenham Court Road: “We’re basically putting in a vast train station but the developers that have actually drawn up the scheme for the area are replacing it (the Astoria) with a larger live music venue.”
Livingston also revealed he is now plotting a ‘live music strategy’ in order to protect landmark venues in the city after other venues such as Hammersmith Palais and The Spitz have been forced to close their doors in recent months, reports BBC 6 Music.