London Theatre Wins Fight To Stay Open
The Astoria Theatre in London's West End has won its battle to stay open.The Astoria Theatre in London's West End has won its battle to stay open, Billboard Bulletin reports. Westminster City Council last week dropped its appeal against the March renewal of the music venue's license. The 2,000-capacity theater, owned by Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), faced closure earlier this year after the council refused to renew its license, citing safety issues and concerns over violence.
"It would have made no sense to seek the closure of this unique venue," MFMG chairman Vince Power says in a statement. "The venue's license is no longer under threat."
The Astoria will host the Rolling Stones on Aug. 27.
In other news, MFMG has won a court decision to uphold its public entertainment license for a proposed cabaret club on Piccadilly in London. MFMG plans to convert a former cinema into a club with a restaurant and live music, with an opening before Christmas.