THE COMPANY behind plans to redevelop the building which housed Bristol’s Bierkeller (cap. 700), has dismissed claims it is to blame for the venue’s sudden closure.
Management at the venue, which has hosted acts including Nirvana, the Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood over its several decades, closed its doors on 7 February without warning.
“The owners of the building we are housed in have decided to redevelop the whole site, and sorry to say we are not part of their plans,” the owners said in a statement on their Facebook page.
However, Resolution Property, which is proposing to create modern work and retail spaces, has a different story.
“We had no plans to redevelop the Bierkeller’s space and we actually tried to incorporate the venue within our concept for the building,” Resolution’s James Baker tells LIVE UK.
“Unfortunately the Bierkeller’s owners were not in a position to renew their lease when it expired, so we now have to look at alternative uses for the space.”
It is understood those running Bierkeller had been is dispute with Resolution for a number of months, claiming loss of business after scaffolding was placed around the building. According to the Bristol Post newspaper, the Bierkeller has failed to pay rent for 18 months.
“Everybody had played there and the venue will be very much missed,” says Bristol promoter and the venue’s former booker Dave Brayley, of DBP Promotions. “The problem is there are so many promoters and venues in Bristol and only so many bands to go around, so everyone is scrambling over the same acts.”
The sudden closure of the venue saw the relocation of DBP shows including Doyle and Cannibal Corpse to venues including the Fleece (450) and The Marble Factory (550).
LIVE UK was unable to contact the venue’s management.