n a bizarre and unfortunate coincidence, two of the area’s most important nightlife venues have both been forced to close over recent weeks due to ‘structural safety issues’.
York Way’s multi-room Egg nightclub uncovered some problems with their Victorian building when further extending the cavernous main room terrace dancefloor, resulting in having to temporarily move events to other clubs across town over recent weeks.
Meanwhile KOKO – also in the process of an exciting renovations – discovered some supporting beams in their famous domed roof needed strengthening, and similarly had to cancel or move a series of high-profile gigs and club nights this month.
Thankfully both venues seem to be ready to party once more.
Egg returns tonight with a party from Belgium’s Lost Frequencies, and the return of Familia on Saturday, plus the venue’s own risque cabaret-influenced night Berlin Berlin is back on the 20th (tickets for all shows available below).
And KOKO is set to reopen with a performance by Irish-Thai singer songwriter Sinead Harnett next Friday evening (with forthcoming show tickets available here).
In today’s other encouraging news for local nightlife, legendary 80s hangout The Limelight, (a former chapel built by one of the Cubitt brothers) on Charing Cross Road, has been granted approval to reopen after years in the dark.
Charity owners Stone Nest promise a major new arts performance space with bar and restaurant in the atmospheric building (pictured below) beloved of 80s stars such as George Michael, Duran Duran and Boy George, before some wilderness years as an Aussie-themed Walkabout pub.
We can’t wait to see what they have planned for this glorious room.