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Power behind bid to reopen Subterania

13 November 2017

FORMER MULTI-FESTIVAL owner and venue operator Vince Power has put forward plans to reopen the 600-capacity Subterania in west London.

According to the Evening Standard newspaper, Power has submitted a licence application to Kensington and Chelsea Council for the venue which operated between 1988 and 2003. During this time acts including Foo Fighters, Pulp, Eminem and Alanis Morissette performed at the venue in the early parts of their careers.

Power previously ran the Hop Farm Music Festival (50,000), which went into administration in 2012, with debts of more than £4.86 million, including more than £300,000 owed to over 20 artistes (see LIVE UK issue 159).

Three years ago Power, who currently runs Nell’s Jazz and Blues (400) in London’s Kensington, was banned from staging live music events in the UK after a court found he had been operating Hop Farm without a PRS For Music  licence from 2009 to 2012 (see issue 175). It was estimated that he owed PRS at least £360,000 in unpaid performance royalties.

Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad has objected to the reopening of Subterania due to the detrimental impact it would have on the lives of neighbouring residents. Power was unavailable for comment.

A hearing on the application was due to be held as LIVE UK went to print.

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