London nightclub Cable has closed down. The stylishly stark venue, housed in a tunnel under London Bridge, has been in business since 2009, in which time it has established itself as a hub for underground music with nights by promoters including Renegade Hardware, We Fear Silence and Butterz. Time Out named it ‘Best Club’ in 2011.
The venue closed suddenly today following what the Cable team describe as ‘two years of ongoing legal battles with Network Rail’. A statement from the club expresses disappointment at events, ‘due to them allegedly requiring the space back for the redevelopment of London Bridge Station.’
In a press release they state: ‘This is not only a huge loss to the loyal fans and staff of Cable, but to London’s clubbing community as a whole. With enormous pride, we delivered the very best talent in an environment that upheld the history of the early SE1 rave scene and supported as many musical styles as possible.’
Cable had only recently expanded with a sister club, Relay, formed in the venue’s third arch. The brand had become synonymous with forward-thinking UK bass culture, and the deep sub-woofer wobbles of south London’s music scene.
The loss of the 1,000-capacity venue is a blow to London’s clubbing scene. New venues including Peckham’s The Bussey Building are gathering momentum, but few big, purpose-built venues remain in London, with many large-scale events now moving into warehouse spaces. Nearby superclub Ministry of Sound continues to fight against proposed building developments which they claim would threaten the club’s survival.
It’s yet to be seen whether the club will seek a new home. The Cable team promises that information will follow on refunds for tickets bought for upcoming events.
For more info, see cable-london.com.