Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the legendary London venue, is currently shut due to ‘serious structural damage’.
The venue was forced to cancel a date for The Courteeners on Friday night – with the band’s Liam Fray explaining: “We’ve just been told it’s ‘serious structural damage’. They checked a problem and it was a lot worse than they first thought.”
“I know you’re all disappointed”, he continues, “but if something happened to one of those balconies with all you guys inside it does not bear even thinking about.”
Some other gigs throughout December have started to be moved from the venue. Hawkwind, who had a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire booked for Sunday 20th December have now moved the date to The Coronet in Elephant and Castle. Posting on their Facebook, the band explain: “As some of you may have heard, it seems Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been declared structurally unsafe and we have been told that they have had to cancel the rest of their shows this year.”
“We are just so thankful that their H&S checks uncovered the danger and prevented a potential disaster….”
Earlier today, the venue tweeted “Afraid we won’t have news about our structural works until Monday, sorry we can’t reply to all individual tweets until we have more info.”
Afraid we won't have news about our structural works until Monday, sorry we can't reply to all individual tweets until we have more info.
— O2 Shep Bush Empire (@o2sbe) December 6, 2015
Whatever the problem, hopefully they get it fixed soon!