Cable London Closes Suddenly
Acclaimed London underground club Cable has closed suddenly after losing a legal battle with landowners Network Rail.
The club said in on official statement that they were ‘obviously devastated and still in shock by the news’ after bailiffs used blow torches to cut through the venue’s steel shutters.
“We have been forced to close following two years of ongoing legal battles with Network Rail, who took possession of the venue this morning with an entry order, putting us out of business and leaving our 70 staff without jobs. This is due to them allegedly requiring the space back for the redevelopment of London Bridge station. It is an utterly devastating blow to what is a much loved, hugely successful, well respected music venue and media business,” they said.
“This is not only a huge loss to the loyal fans and staff of Cable, but to London’s clubbing community as a whole.”
Renowned for their regular dubstep events and drum & bass parties in particular, The London Bridge venue also regularly hosted hugely popular house and techno events including those by We Fear Silence, who brought Ben Klock to the club in April for a relatively short 3 hours afterhours set.
Network Rail justified the closure in a message sent to UK music news site CMU.
“This club occupies one of our arches under London Bridge station that will form part of the rebuilding and modernisation of this critical station that serves some 180,000 passengers a day, and forms the central hub of the £6 billion Thameslink upgrade programme,” they said.
“Our plans for the station have long been in the public domain and we gave our tenant two years notice of the need to take back possession to enable us to start our work on this essential project”. (CMU: http://bit.ly/106YjNT )
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