London’s Half Moon music venue facing fight for survival

The pub has been hosting live music regularly since 1963. Since that time it has seen performances by the Rolling Stones, U2, Small Faces, Ralph McTell, Badly Drawn Boy, Kate Bush and many others.

Cllr Lister said:

"We’re proud to have the Half Moon in our borough. It’s a unique place which is popular with live music fans of all ages. It is one of London’s best known music venues and a great place for young bands.

“It would be devastating if such a celebrated venue became the latest victim of the recession."

The Half Moon has more recently been an important stepping stone for artists and such as Kasabian, Imogen Heap, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Mr Hudson, Amy McDonald, and Natasha Bedingfield.

Current tenant James Harris said:

“The Half Moon is an engine room for rising bands throughout the UK who are now running out of quality venues to play. Without the right measures being taken we could easily join a growing list of music venues that have closed in recent years. It would be another blow to music and culture in London if The Halfmoon disappears."

For details of shows and further information visit www.halfmoon.co.uk

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