East London hot spot and brilliant Brick Lane venue Vibe Bar has announced that they'll be closing as of next month.
The venue, that has played host to the likes of The Orwells and where Gigwise have shot many a live session, will sadly be closing its doors on 11 November after 20 years.
Issuing a statement on their official Facebook page, Vibe owner Alan Miller blamed the need for “airport-style security” driving up running costs and turning clubs into “prisons.”
Watch Asgeir covering Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box' at Vibe Bar for Gigwise below
"In the winter of 1994 Vibe Promotions came to Brick Lane with a vision. Having put on Acid House Parties around the world and run events up and down the UK as well as managing artists – they were looking to find a place to create something special.
"Vibe partnered with Ofer Zeloof and set about bringing together a whole troop of talented creative people who wanted to make a difference – through their work, passion and contribution to the world. What a journey it has been. We were often told in the early days by many in the industry that “no one is going to go to Brick Lane…”. Soho dominated events and Camden and Notting Hill were destinations…but the east was simply “unviable”. We shared our dreams and so many others got involved and made their dreams become a part of a much bigger aspiration.
"The rest, as they say is history… There are so many people we love and want to thank: but this is not goodbye. Indeed, it is a logical progression for who we are, what we believe in and what we think about experimentation, art, music, love and life. Two decades is quite some achievement in a world where venues and promoters come and go. It has been so exciting to work with such an array of talent and passionate enthusiasts."
The venue will mark its closing and celebrate its birthday with a special event on 7 November.
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