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    It appears that the the London Astoria - scene of many an historic Hawkwind gig, and the most accessible venue of its size - is under threat from property developers :

    To: Derwent Valley Central Several months ago, Derwent Valley Central struck a deal with Mean Fiddler to 're-develop' the complex on Tottenham Court Road housing the Astoria venue.

    The plan seems to be to knock down the complex to make way for extra shops, flats and offices in time for the Olympics in 2012.

    We're not letting the Astoria go without a fight. An outlet for the arts is being destroyed in favour of something the surrounding area doesn't really lack in. England is at an all-time high as far as developing new music is concerned - why stunt that by taking away the premier music venue of its size in London? The Astoria marks the point at which a band is just about to hit the big time - the loss of this place may take away the rise of the next big breakthrough in London's music scene.

    The only other venues of similar size are in North London - not the best place to be caught after dark when you're a bit worse for wear. As the sale has already taken place and there's no reversing that we may as well try for a new complex of shops to be built around the venue, like the Islington Academy.

    So join the revolution! Save the Astoria! Whether or not you're a Londoner, if you care about live music spread the word, wear the t-shirt or at the very least sign this petition!

    Bulldozers move in in 2008. We're not giving up hope yet, and neither should you!
    Sincerely,

    The Undersigned
    Petition here.

    Whatever next?
    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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    Hawkwind Live Annual Christmas Concert

    Wednesday December / 20 / 2006 at the London Astoria.. I hope that the Hawks wont be playing in rubble.
    Are there no heritage preservation laws over there Mikey or has everything been diluted down into hard cash value?

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      Originally posted by voilodian ghagnasdiak
      Hawkwind Live Annual Christmas Concert

      Wednesday December / 20 / 2006 at the London Astoria.. I hope that the Hawks wont be playing in rubble.
      Are there no heritage preservation laws over there Mikey or has everything been diluted down into hard cash value?
      Heritage? That's stately homes and shit, isn't it? You'd think our great rock star PM would have something to say about this, but...

      The maddest thing is that the last thing this part of London needs is more shops, particularly of the big corporate variety which will no doubt be built. Walk down Oxford St these days and you see the same boring names repeating themselves.

      The petition writers seem kind of realistic - let's hope some kind of compromise can be reached. But I would like the Astoria to stay just as it is...

      More, from The Grauniad:

      ...there is also speculation the site could be subject to a government compulsory purchase order and turned into a railway station if the Crossrail project is belatedly given the go-ahead.
      Last edited by Mikey_C; 09-06-2006, 12:08 PM.
      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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