The Garage venue in London, part of the joint venture between Mama Group and entertainment retailer HMV, is to re-open on June 26, 2009.

The future of the Garage in north London had been uncertain, but it will now become the first venue to re-open under the partnership, which was announced in January. The joint venture is called the Mean Fiddler Group and includes 11 U.K. venues.

"The Garage is a popular venue with artists, agents, promoters and fans and we are delighted to be putting it back on the circuit," said Mama co-CEOs Dean James and Adam Driscoll in a statement. "The June 26, 2009 re-opening coincides with Download and Glastonbury festivals, which should see the venue busy from day one."

The venue has been closed since summer 2006, in need of refurbishment. Acts who have played there include Arctic Monkeys, the Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Modest Mouse and Cypress Hill.

Steve Forster, managing director of the live division at Mama, said: "The Garage has always been a great rock and roll venue, our intention is to take what made the building special and develop the space as a 21st century, multi-room operation, one that works as both a live and club space. With the addition of a new seated format we can really stretch the scope of the venue's capability to offer and deliver a real alternative to venues such as Bush Hall."

The venue, with three rooms and a total capacity of 800, will be managed by Stuart Strong, current manager at Camden Barfly. The main room will have a 600 capacity - up from 350 before - and a refurbishment will include "major improvements to both artist and customer areas," according to the statement.