The Half Moon Wanes in Putney as Another Great London Venue Looks Set to Close its Doors in 2010
Long-established London venue, The Half Moon - Putney, could well be closing its stage doors for the last time early next year. The friendly music pub has been hosting live events for nigh on half a century and has given the paying customer famous names such as Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Kate Bush and more recently Kasabian, The Wombats and Natasha Bedingfield. It appears that so-called 'market forces' and 'economic climate' have led to the site owners, Youngs, to call a halt on live music and serve up 'salmon en croute on a bed of winter leaves, washed down with a glass of 2006 chardonnay'. Arse to that, I say. This place has not only hosted big names on tour but given a leg-up to numerous artists and scenes including the 60s Mod scene, British blues and 80s comedy.
As well as joining in the general protests and forums going on at the moment (there is a Facebook page devoted to the issue), you can also vote with the things on the end of your legs and skidaddle down to the Putney pub for a gig or six. Admission is normally sensibly priced (for London anyway) and they are still entertaining you with notable names.
Upcoming gigs include Chris Difford (Squeeze) TONIGHT (2nd Dec), the excellent Boot Led Zeppelin (4th / 5th), Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly (8th), Limehouse Lizzy (17th), country-rebel, Hank Wangford (20th), folksters Ezio (Jan 20th) and John Otway (21st). See the full list, below.
Support the cause by turning up - it's not that far out of central London and it's near the District Line and regular rail and bus services! Use it or lose it.