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Music venue that hosted Adele and The Libertines set for move from Tin Pan Alley to Holloway Road

The Libertines

The Libertines are among the big-name acts who have played at The 12 Bar Club

Published: 9 January, 2015

AN iconic Soho music venue forced out of its former premises in Tin Pan Alley is coming to Holloway Road.

The 12 Bar Club, which has hosted the likes of Adele, The Libertines and the late Jeff Buckley in its former venue in Denmark Street, will take up residency at Phibbers pub on the corner of Liverpool Road from next week. 

Andy Lowe, who manages the legendary music spot, said Holloway Road could become “the new big rock destination”. While Holloway may not be like Shoreditch, which has “shot up like a rocket” in recent years, there was plenty of potential in the area for a successful music venue, he added. 

Heavy metal venue The Intrepid Fox moved to Archway, at the other end of Holloway Road, after being forced out of its former premises in Soho. 

Streets surrounding Holloway Road are known as “Gothic Valley” because of the large number of alternative bars and venues. 

Henry Scott-Irvine has been leading the Save Denmark Street campaign

Mr Lowe said: “Obviously, there will be lots of teething troubles as it is such a new and different environment in every sense but it is an area that does have music venues, some of which do well and some not so well. Buffalo Bar used to be just down the road from our new place and that was great.

“There is a large student demographic in the area so there is a lot of potential there, as some venues have been well sustained around here, but others have not.” 

Plans for the venue’s new home, popular with Arsenal fans on match days, include converting the rear area of the pub into a more intimate gig venue. The kitchen will be reopened, with plans to serve food on match days and Sundays. Football fans and pub regulars will be welcome as usual.  

Mr Lowe added that the venue was chosen as it was “cheap” and “available”. 

News of the move had received mixed reactions from punters, he added.

Meanwhile, Henry Scott-Irvine, who has been leading the Save Denmark Street campaign, said that, although he is pleased that the 12 Bar Club has secured a venue, he wished it could have been more central.

He said: “London is losing its heart. It is a shame the 12 Bar Club could not find a venue in central London. Holloway Road is an area full of football supporters and people on their way home from work. It is not the heart. 

“But the Buffalo Bar is closed so hopefully the people who used to go there will go to Phibbers instead.” 


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