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Owners announce sudden closure of The Forge music venue in Camden Town

Founders say times for music venues are 'exceptionally tough'

30 March, 2017 — By Tom Foot

The Forge

A MUSIC bar in the heart of Camden Town has been forced to close with owners warning of “exceptionally tough” times.

The Forge in Delancey Street is closing for good with a final Cuban Jam night tomorrow (Friday). The venue, which had a restaurant and 300-capacity venue, was celebrated for its eclectic music nights, poetry and storytelling, “intimate theatre” and free weekend reggae parties. The building, which opened in 2009, won RIBA awards for its sustainable design. It has previously been the home of the Cafe Delancey restaurant.

Co-founder Adam Caird said: “The directors of The Forge have decided to close the venue from April 1, 2017. Running a music venue in these times is exceptionally tough and we have reached a point where it is time to close the doors and move on to new challenges. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved over eight wonderful years and our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has contributed to and enjoyed this unique venue. We always strove to be as diverse, inclusive and welcoming as we could and we hope that these values have touched as many people as possible and will continue to do so.”

Eight scheduled events in April have had to be cancelled and organisers said ticket holders would “receive full refunds”.

Enquiries should be directed to: contact@ forgevenue.org

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