Update, Aug 17: Turns out it’s not closing, but will continue under new ownership after a brief hiatus from August 29 – 31.
According to a press release, the live music venue on Chalk Farm Road will run business as usual under the operation of independent pub group, East London Pub Co., the same company that acquired Ten Bells in Spitalfield in 2014.
“The Lock Tavern is a jewel in the crown of North London, and the East London Pub Co. intend to keep it so”, says the release, “Preserving the original atmosphere, much loved aesthetics and traditional interiors, the phased restoration will take place over six-months.”
The legendary music venue and former FACT haunt will close its doors on August 28.
Camden’s The Lock Tavern – the intimate ‘rave pub’ that opened in 2004 on Chalk Farm Road – will officially close on August 28, Time Out reports.
Its closing party will see a one-off revival of the much-loved Blogger’s Delight, with residents Casper C, Skull, NikNikNik and Filthy Dukes returning to the pub for one last show. Check out the endearingly low-res video below to relive the halcyon days of the legendary spot.
According to Time Out, the venue has rumored to have been sold for a multi-million pound sum, which serves as a sad reminder of the struggle that live music venues have faced in the United Kingdom over the last decade.
The live music venue was a mainstay of noughties-era London, hosting early shows from Amy Winehouse, Adele and Florence Welsh, whilst more recently welcoming Run The Jewels and Kamasi Washington to its tiny stage.