THE 400-CAPACITY Village Underground in London’s Shoreditch is attempting to extend its weekend opening hours to become more financially viable.
An application for a new license which will allow the venue to open until 6am on Friday and Saturday, an increase of two hours, has been submitted to Hackney Council. As part of this license, Village Underground would close at midnight, rather than 2am from Monday to Wednesday.
“What we need to do is move more loss making live cultural events off the prime dates of Wednesday and Thursday evenings, to make way for profit making commercial and private hire events,” says the venue’s Jim English.
“Instead we can place them on Friday and Saturday evenings, before the weekend programme starts and hopefully we can move the start and finish of the weekend programme later to make these timings work.”
Hackney Council is expected to rule on the application this month.
Village Underground agreed a new lease, running until 2027, with the council last year (see LIVE UK issue 207).
Artistes playing the venue include Jamila Woods, Jade Bird, Dusky and Kamal Williams.