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press release 19/1/2009


This Saturday the 17th January 2009 was last night ever of the Metro Club, 19-23 Oxford Street, London W1. Thank you to everybody who celebrated our last night with us and helped us go out with a bang! A very special and very memorable night (photos to be uploaded soon). Apologies to everyone who queued in the rain and didn't manage to get in.

The venue was acquired on Monday 19th January 2009 using a compulsory purchase order issued by Transport For London under the Crossrail Act.

For info on club nights that have relocated click here.

We have had over seven great years running the Metro Club, one of the last independent live music and club venues in the West End. The end has come far quicker than we could have imagined but it was beyond our control and with only 28 days notice served by Transport For London (and over the Christmas period) we have been left without a suitable venue to relocate to.

Blow Up took over the running of The Metro Club as a separate venture to our club night and record label on November 5th 2001, just as the new new wave of bands were about to really start making their moves, many of them at the venue. From debut UK appearances from The Killers, Kings of Leon, to early shows from Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Kaiser Chiefs, to hundreds of new and breaking acts as well as a few legendary characters such as Dion (his first and only UK show in 18 years) and madcap krautrockers Faust. And from the pop world: Mika (first ever show), Scissor Sisters and Robyn.

So to all the great bands that have played here, some of whom have gone on to become household names and some never to be heard of again, to all the promoters, audiences, club nights and all the wonderful staff thank you for making it happen.

The powers that be have decreed that this Rock 'n' Roll corner of London has to go. So be it. Roll on more retail space and a bigger station, but something will be missing the next time that you walk out from Tottenham Court Road Station onto Oxford Street. But not the great memories.

Paul Tunkin
Blow Up Metro

Good Bye Blow Up Metro

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