London's Luminaire venue to close at the end of the year
The operators of the Luminaire independent music venue in Kilburn High Road, London, have announced that it will close on January 1. The King's Head pub downstairs will also close.
The Luminaire opened on March 1 2005 and had become the go-to location for many acoustic artists seeking a midsize venue. In 2006, Time Out named it Live Venue of the Year.
But owners Andy Inglis and John Donnelly said they couldn't afford to keep the venue going.
"It's been a labour of love for a while now, and at this point it makes no sense for us to continue," they said in a note sent to their mailing list. "To all of you who supported this independent venue, and the great artists who played here ... you have our grateful thanks."
Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker, who has played at the Luminaire every year since 2007, was sad to hear that the venue was closing.
"Whew. That is some sad news," he told Backroads. "It is a great venue. It is the first and only venue I played in London. I am grateful to John and Andy and the staff and the fans who came out, and wish everyone the best and hope the staff can find jobs in these hard times."
Canadian duo Madison Violet's gig, planned for January 26, has been moved to the Borderline, off Charing Cross Road.
Inglis and Donnelly hope to put on some final farewell shows at the venue in late March.