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Liverpool's Kazimier Club To Close
The Quietus , April 8th, 2015 13:01

More venue shutting bullshit

Liverpool concert venue The Kazimier Club is set to close its doors on New Year’s Day 2016 as part of a £40 million investment into historic the surrounding area.

The venue promised that it would make the most of its remaining time however, saying that confirmation of the club’s closing at the start of next year “gives us nine months of events to celebrate the life of the venue and provide it with a fitting end”. Since opening seven years ago the club has hosted formative performances from the likes of The xx and Caribou and its reputation as a venue has continued to grow, with Of Montreal, The Fall and Young Fathers visiting in the months ahead. Though their time in the venue may be coming to an end “the original artistic core and the wider Kazimier team” are committed to continuing the club’s legacy, with “new projects in new spaces” in the years to come. Their statement also thanked those who had helped the club throughout its history.

“The Kazimier Club began as an artistic project. From the explosive theatrical parties of its early years to its current standing it has grown to infinitely more than a building - it's home to a brilliant team of staff, collaborators, promoters and the community in Liverpool and beyond that have contributed to the club in so many ways.

“We could never have envisioned the warmth of feeling The Kazimier Club has created since opening its doors seven years ago, nor could we have envisioned it surviving for as long as it has, but true to its original ethos we believe it needs to finish on a high, in the same bricks and mortar as its birth.”

Though the developers offered the club a new location Liam Naughton, from the venue, told the Liverpool Echo that, though they supported the redevelopment of the area, the Kazimir would not be taking up the Elliot Group’s offer.

The demise of Kazimier is the latest in a series of closures for independent music venues across the UK, with Leicester’s Charlotte, Leed’s Duchess of York and Manchester’s Roadhouse and most of London having fallen foul of local developments in recent times. The investment in Wolstenhome Square will include 370 new apartments, retail spaces and a new home for local club Cream.

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