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Frank Turner to headline London venue Nambucca’s “final party” tonight

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Frank Turner is set to headline tonight’s sold-out “final party” (May 13) at London’s much-loved Nambucca venue.The 300-capacity north London venue, which has played host to early gigs by the likes of The Libertines, Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice, is set to close its doors for good after this weekend, despite “trying everything we can to keep Nambucca going” following the COVID-19-enforced shutdown of live music.Speaking to NME this week about its closure, Nambucca’s general manager Giles Horne said: “It would be great if venues could be owned by venues and run as venues, and less tied to beer sales, which make things even less profitable.

I just hope that someone buys Nambucca and continues to keep it as a venue.”Turner will headline Nambucca’s sold-out “final party” tonight, with ticket sales going towards “helping out Giles and his team at the venue initially” before “any excess will go to the Music Venue Trust to help them in their fight to stop this happening to any more places around the country”.Writing in a post on his social media channels yesterday (May 12), Turner recalled his fond memories of his “spiritual home”.“The venue has seen ups and downs, fires, rebuilding, parties, gigs, legends, newcomers, everything under the sun, in the last 20 years,” Turner wrote about Nambucca. “My entire solo career began there, learning and playing songs and making friends.“The list of people who’ve graced the stage is insane – Jamie T, Laura Marling, Mumford, Babyshambles, Example, Beans On Toast, The Holloways, Wolf Alice, Florence + The Machine… it goes on.

Rooms like this made us who we are today.”The black letter day has finally come…Nambucca has been my spiritual home since Dave and Jay first set up there.

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