Following the distressing news that The Roadhouse, one of Covent Garden’s oldest live music venues, faces eviction, the venue has curated a month of live gigs to raise awareness of the risk of closure, whilst also using it as an opportunity to further enrich the programming and support emerging and breaking new musical talent.
Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout April, The Roadhouse will host #SaveRoadhouse – a free live early-evening music night featuring performances from some of London’s best up-and-coming musicians, with headline performances from:
The Wholls, having just concluded a sell-out UK tour, straight from having extensively toured Europe. Becoming one of the UK’s most exciting live music acts, their performances at the likes of Reading & Leeds festivals, Isle of Wight and Y Not Festival put them firmly on the ‘ones to watch’ map for 2018. Support comes from the equally sizzling-in-the-industry, Hello Operator, Bristol boys Fossette and Tom Forest.
China Bowls, a fusion of neo soul, blues and hip hop influences. She is a regular on the live scene and has played across the country, from Bristol’s Colston Hall to Glastonbury, Boomtown and Bestival. She’s received Wordplay Magazine’s Amplify Artist of the month, as well as rave reviews from Drunken Werewolf and Live Magazine’s Mustafa Mirreh. Support comes from Romances and Manchester’s Chloe Foy.
Asylums, building on gigs at Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, with big love from Radio 1, Radio X and BBC 6 Music (‘Album Of The Day’), they are originally described as “Blur if they were raised in Seattle" or “the excitement you felt when you first heard Buzzcocks or Manics”, their development has taken them into the same epic sonic space as Foals or Arctic Monkeys – a combination of anger and experimentalism, of whispered secrets and musical mood swings. Support comes from Suspects and the Mick Jones’ authenticates Tom Bright & The Dynamite.
Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations, was hand-picked to support The Libertines on their seaside tour, after striking up a friendship with bassist, John Hassall. The two collaborated on her most recent single, however this show will also double-up as a single launch for new release, Lady Matador. Support comes from Penny Mob and The Severs.
KYLPSO, honing their craft performing at various club nights across London in the past year, the Bow three- piece consisting of Tom Greenwood, Hugh Fothergill and Rudi Falla have been forming a distinct sound in their east London studio with the songs translating into a vast and expansive live show.
Jungle Brown, celebrated for their dynamic approach to hip-hop, the 3 member group recently debuted at number 13 on the iTunes Hip-hop chart as well as charting internationally across Europe. They have been performing shows ever since and shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Prodigy to name a few.
Entry will be free, with the venue’s legendary 2-4-1 happy hour being honoured – making it one of the most-accessible and intimate opportunities for Londoners to enjoy breaking new bands and solo performers.
If landlord and developer Capital & Counties (Capco) is given planning permission by Westminster City Council to develop part of the building, the venue will have to close.
On top of this, the venue is staging a photocall this Tuesday 17th April at 4pm outside the Roadhouse, asking anyone who feels strongly about this situation to join in a mass photo protesting the plans.
Since the news broke, over 12,000 people have signed a petition calling on Westminster City Council to save The Roadhouse from eviction, with names being added almost every minute https://www.change.org/p/support-the-roadhouse-which-faces-eviction-by-property-developers.
In addition to the 11,000+ signatures, Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stone, and Amy Lame, Night Czar, have given their support to the Roadhouse which has traded for over 25 years in the basement of Jubilee Hall on The Piazza.