Following an application lodged by developers to build residential homes nearby, Hoxton institution The Macbeth is under threat of closure.
The pub which has been open for more than a century and has played host to early gigs from the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Florence+The Machine, Gang of Four, Roots Manuva and many more, faces being shut down if the planed builds go ahead. Worryingly this is another incident to add to the history of conflict between developers in the capital and venues, with a similar issue involving Ministry of Sound occurring in 2011. Owner Mark Robinson, in a statement attached to a petition launched by himself, elaborates on the issue:
“There has been a planning application to build a block of private flats at the back and to the side of The Macbeth. If this building goes ahead and the new residents complain about noise from our venue, we could lose our licence and be forced to close. For the sake of 9 residential units we, along with the livelihoods of all our staff, promoters and other local businesses will be under threat. This pub has been here for over 100 years during which time we have had some great gigs and a broad range of cultural events catering for the East London community. Help us fight this injustice and keep going for 100 more.
Sign the petititon here