Iconic music venue The Garage could be bulldozed in Highbury station redevelopment

PUBLISHED: 08:55 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 10 August 2018

The Garage. Picture: DHP

The Garage. Picture: DHP


An iconic music venue has been ear-marked for demolition if plans to build a new ticket hall for Highbury and Islington station go ahead.

The Garage. Picture: DHPThe Garage. Picture: DHP

Grassroots spot The Garage on Highbury Corner has played host to the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blur and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. But council planning documents, seen by the Gazette, reveal it could make way for a reboot of the old Highbury station.

The clubs management are now calling on the community to protect it from developers by lobbying for it to become an asset of community value.

Programmer Matthew Cook, said: “We believe we’re a site of local importance bringing a vibrant musical culture to Islington. With so many of London’s beloved music venues under threat from developers, we want to ensure the future of the Garage by strengthening ties with our local community.”

The possibility of the old station being redeveloped was first revealed by the Gazette last year. At the time TFL and its chosen developer, Murphy Group, published plans for the old entrance, which suggested The Garage would be demolished.

A TfL spokesperson said this week: “We are in early discussions about the possibility of upgrading Highbury and Islington Tube station and will engage with businesses and stakeholders as any plans are developed.”

The venue, which has a 600 person capacity, will host a series of “special shows” this November to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Blaine Harrison, vocalist with The Mystery Jets, who performed at The Garage last September, said: “We played some of our most memorable early gigs there, attended by some of the people that gave us our first breaks in the industry. And yet in less than a year [since it was refurbished] it is already under threat from developers.”

An estimated 40 per cent of London’s grassroots music venues have shut down over the past decade, including Islington’s Silver Bullet and The Buffalo Bar, which have since reopened as Zelman Drinks and Jam & Rye.

The club was revamped with a new soundsystem and bar by DHP, who bought it in 2016.

Related articles

Latest Islington News Stories

Fri, 17:28

Islington became the first council to pass a motion of no confidence in the government’s flagship social welfare reform last night.

Fri, 15:13

Councillors met with pupils from a Finsbury primary school to celebrate a commitment to resettle 100 asylum-seeking children over the next 10 years.

Fri, 13:23

Marks and Spencer’s bid to sell alcohol every day from 8am at a new Archway store has angered police and Islington Council due to the high number of street drinkers in the area – but the shop says it doesn’t stock the kind of booze that attracts alcoholics.

Thu, 17:32

Highbury Leisure Centre is to be partially reopened on Monday – but the building that went up in flames is to be demolished and it’s unknown who will foot the bill for repairs.

Thu, 14:36

Councillors will clash over the best way to influence a Brexit negotiations they have no direct control over at a town hall meeting tonight (Thu).

Thu, 14:21

A Canonbury street artist known as “the man behind the easel” is having his work exhibited – in the local pub.

Thu, 10:08

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing Islington mother.

Thu, 08:02

More than 50 volunteers scoured the roads of Islington to count rough sleepers and create a “snapshot” of the borough’s street homeless population on Friday.

Promoted Content

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now