London's Brooklyn Bowl Strikes Out, Closes After 3 Years: Update

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Brooklyn Bowl in London.

London's Brooklyn Bowl music venue has closed, almost exactly three years after it opened.

No reason has been given for the closure, although a spokesperson for The O2 did confirm that the 800-capacity venue, which sits inside The O2 arena complex in London, was "closed until further notice while The O2 Entertainment District undergoes building work for its future designer outlet village" -- a 205,000 square foot retail development due to be completed late 2018.

"Event organisers have been contacted to relocate or cancel scheduled shows and events while the company consults with its employees and other stakeholders. The hope is that following the completion of the building work Brooklyn Bowl London will be able to return," the spokesperson went on to say, advising anyone who has purchased tickets for future shows to contact their ticket provider "to find out if the show has been relocated or cancelled, and if applicable, to arrange a direct refund."

Opened in January 2014 in a 30,000 square feet former exhibition hall, London's Brooklyn Bowl was operated by in partnership between The O2 owner AEG and Brooklyn Bowl founder and franchise owner Peter Shapiro, who also operates sites in Williamsburg and Las Vegas.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the London opening, Shapiro -- who would go on to co-produce The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion Concerts the following year - said that the idea to bring the franchise to the British capital city was the brainchild of Jay Marciano, Chairman and CEO of AEG Live. 

"He said, 'Why not a Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 Arena?' explained Shapiro. "It's a good challenge to make something cool in a place that's not exactly alternative cool. That's the goal."

Pharrell Williams, Lauryn Hill, Lady Antebellum, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Less Than Jake are among the acts to have performed at the venue, which like its U.S. cousins offered customers a mix of music, food (provided by New York chain Blue Ribbon) and ten-pin bowling.

Upcoming shows, which have now been cancelled, included Doors tribute act The Manzarek Doors and a two day "72nd Birthday Bash" tribute to Bob Marley. The Felice Brothers Jan. 28 concert has been switched to North London venue The Garage.

Update 1/10/17 7:39 EST: Following publication of this article, Brooklyn Bowl's press representatives sent a press statement to Billboard which included the following: "With The O2 Entertainment District undergoing building work, we face significant operational challenges... Our hope is that following the completion of the building work for the future designer outlet village at The O2, we will be able to return."


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