Soho’s legendary 12 Bar Club to close in January 2015

Fat White Family headline the Antifolk Festival at Soho's fabulous 12 Bar venue, Saturday 16th November 2013

And so another wonderful chunk of Soho’s rich musical history is set to disappear forever, with the news that the legendary 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street in central London  is to close early next year.

Fat White Family headline the Antifolk Festival at Soho's fabulous 12 Bar venue, Saturday 16th November 2013

I’ve been a fan of the venue for years – rough, tatty, tumbledown and full of history, it’s everything a good rock and roll venue should be.

Back in May this year, a petition was launched to save the venue, but even with over 17,000 signatures that wasn’t enough to hold off the developers that are killing off anything that can’t be sold for profit.

Fat White Family headline the Antifolk Festival at Soho's fabulous 12 Bar venue, Saturday 16th November 2013

Earlier today, the 12 Bar posted this up on their Facebook page:

We are very sad to announce that The 12 Bar Club has been given notice to vacate Denmark Street by the middle of January.

The 12 Bar Club will live on

We will announce details of our new location shortly

Fat White Family headline the Antifolk Festival at Soho's fabulous 12 Bar venue, Saturday 16th November 2013

I’ve had some fantastic nights at the 12 Bar, and I wish them all the best in finding another venue.

London’s music scene will be all the worse without the place.