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Photographer captures London's empty music venues in lockdown for new personal project

06 January 2021, 17:29 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Photographer Alex Amorós has launched his new personal project 40 Music Venues, which was carried out during the second England lockdown and highlights the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on music venues in London.

England is currently in national lockdown number three due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases across the country. Grassroots music venues have suffered immensely due the pandemic, with many unable to open and struggling to meet financial demands without help from Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign (which raised £3.8million for grassroots music venues between April-December last year).

Photographer and DJ Alex Amorós has launched a new personal project that shows an intimate side to London's closed music venues. He wrote on his site that the project aims "to depict the regulatory impact on 40 live music venues across London."

40 Music Venues includes images of iconic venues in the capital city such as Best Fit's Five Day Forecast venue hosts The Lexington, The Old Blue Last, Paper Dress Vintage, Oslo Hackney, KOKO, Electric Ballroom, Windmill Brixton, The Shacklewell Arms, O2 Forum Kentish Town, Nothing Hill Arts Club, Mascara Bar, The Social, and many others.

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Speaking to Best Fit about the project, Amorós said, "I did the project during the second lockdown, in about three weeks all on foot through London."

Amorós added, "Live Music has shaped so much of my life from working in the venues (The Lexington) to playing myself. I wanted to give something back & show support in whatever way I can."

The photobook aims to support Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign.

Visit to view the project and order the 40 Music Venues photobook.
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