Another legendary venue disappears…
Camden’s legendary venue and bar The Lock Tavern is set to close its doors at the end of this month.
The Chalk Farm pub has famously seen early gigs from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Florence + The Machine, Adele, Franz Ferdinand, Metronomy, Mystery Jets, Warpaint, Savages, Run The Jewels, Tame Impala and many more. It became a focal point of the ‘nu rave’ movement in the mid-noughties, and a pilgrimage for music fans due to its legacy, atmosphere and famous club nights.
Now as Time Out reports, the venue has reportedly been sold for a multi-million pound sum. It remains uncertain as to whether it will re-open as a venue, or if it will follow the trend of gentrification and be repurposed.
The Lock Tavern will host a closing party this Bank Holiday Weekend on Monday August 27, hosted by Blogger’s Delight with sets from residents Casper C, Skull Juice and NikNikNik, as well as Filthy Dukes, Matt Walsh and special guests.
Another event, Au Revoir Lock Tavern, will also take place on August 23 with a line-up to be announced.
Florence Welch recently spoke out about her experience of first seeing Adele at the venue where she performed alongside her for an early gig with Florence + The Machine.
“There was so many bands playing at that point,” Welch said. “Even Adele you could say came from that little scene that was going on of people putting on club nights and gigs. There was a gig at the Lock Tavern [in Camden] where it was like Kate Nash was headlining, supported by Adele, then me and Emmy Lou Harris. That was the line-up.
She added: “I was on first, I think, and I just was so drunk and I just yelled and fell over. And then I remember watching Adele play and I’d never head a voice like that.
“I remember being like: ‘Shit. This is incredible. Gimme a drink.’”
This follows the recent closure of fellow legendary London hotspots with The Forge, Proud Camden and Her Upstairs.