The Half Moon saved as a music venue
The Half Moon in Putney, South London, has been saved as a music venue following a strong campaign from supporters, musicians and the local MP.
The venue, which has been putting on live music almost every night since 1963 and has hosted the Rolling Stones and U2 in its time, was due to close on January 31 and become a gastropub. But landlord Young’s has now agreed to keep it open for music and put in place a package to help it through the difficult economic times that have affected both the music industry and pubs across the country.
In return for the reprieve, the management of the Half Moon have agreed to begin serving food, and have employed a new promotions team.
“The support from the public and the industry has been overwhelming,” said the Half Moon’s tenant, James Harris. “This was never just about jobs but about a part of our music heritage.
“We still face tough times ahead, but at least we can move forward now, and my staff and myself are thrilled and excited.”
Among the early acts announced for the Half Moon in February is Australian singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang, who will play on Valentine’s Day, February 14, while Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes are booked for March 7.