OXFORD’S THE Cellar (cap. 150) could close early next year, despite more than 13,500 people signing a petition to keep the venue open.
Located beneath a shop, the building owner’s St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities, want to convert the basement into a retail space when the upstairs tenants move to new premises early next year.
“There is already a massive shortage of venues and to close a place of this size would leave a massive gap,” says Cellar manager Tim Hopkins. “It would be robbing the next generation and depriving musicians of a future place to hone their craft.”
The venue, previously known as The Dolly, was opened by Hopkin’s father Adrian and has staged live music for more than four decades. Acts to have played there include Foals, Mumford & Sons, The National and Crystal Fighters.
Over 500 people have commented on a change of use planning application which will be determined by Oxford City Council in October.
St Michaels’s and All Saints’ Charities did not respond to requests for comment as LIVE UK went to print.