The CultureJukebox team has followed the recent ups and downs of London’s live music and club scene with a keen interest over the past year..
.. so, it was great to receive a press release this week about The Garage in Islington relaunching this February. Under new ownership and following extensive refurbishment, the venue is being transformed.
It’s always been about the music, so with plans for big club nights and a programme of gigs it looks like that is going to remain the priority. But the owners have clever plans. The building will also become home to a daytime coffee spot, craft beer and cocktail bar and more.
It has been acquired by DHP Family, the team behind Oslo in Hackney and Nottingham’s awesome Rock City (a CultureJukebox favourite venue!) In addition to refurbishing the main music venue and adding a brand new sound system, three new spaces have also been created within the building, united under the Garage concept. The centre piece of the redevelopment is the venue itself; The Garage. This 600 capacity room will be restored to former glories, with a brand new PA and lighting.
At the front of the building, the former “Mini-Bar” will hark back to the filling station stores of small-town America with The General Store, an all-day café and bar serving craft beer and cocktails. The design of The General Store will feature reclaimed gas pumps, huge beer fridges and quality coffee.
Upstairs, Thousand Island will be an intimate space hosting breaking and specialist forward-thinking acts most evenings, and late-night socials later in the week featuring an unpretentious programme anchored by collaborative club nights and Thousand Island presents shows. Operating independently from the rest of the space, the room will feature a mirror ball-filled ceiling, faces of friends of the venue across one wall, and a well-stocked bar.
Since opening in 1993, The Garage has hosted artists as diverse as Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Mogwai, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more stellar names.
“The Garage has been on my radar for about 10 years now when I first looked to buy it. For one reason or another we have just missed out on taking over this iconic venue and breathing new life into it. Its location layout and history are perfect for what we are looking for in a venue and we look forward to reinventing the space for a new generation.” ~ George Akins, Managing Director
We can’t wait to see what this new venue is like! Follow the news on its Twitter feed. With Farringdon’s Fabric back with a bang, The Printworks opening in Canada Water, The Red Lion’s new ballroom in Leytonstone selling-out their club nights and more going on around the capital. 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for London nightlife..