From The Astoria all the way to the Hacienda

12:10 25th July 2014

Lamenting lost venues sometimes feels like counting your fallen comrades. You've both had some great times together, maybe a few bad ones and at the same time you've grown up together. But now it's years later and your friend has only been demolished and replaced by flats, a supermarket, Crossrail or offices. Excuse us while we shake our fist at the sky.

It's no secret that there has been a mass culling of venues across the country in recent years, the most recent of which is Elephant and Castle's Coronet Theatre. The thing is we need to hang onto these places because if we don't, sooner or later we'll end up going to endless soulless replicas of the O2 Arena. Noone wants that...