Save Earls Court
With the venue officially closed, and soon to be demolished, the campaign has now refocused its energies on the wider development scheme for the area. Find out more at the Earls Court Area Action campaign website and in the news updates below.
Music Heritage UK is proud to be supporting a grassroots campaign, the Earls Court Area Action Group, to save the iconic venue, Earls Court, from closure.
Built in 1933 on the grounds of what was largely a wasteland with excellent rail connections, Earls Court ending up becoming the nation's exhibition centre. It also became a high profile music venue in the 1970s as bands outgrew traditional theatres, its last major hurrah was probably hosting the volleyball at the Olympics in 2012.
Over the years it has played host to a number of large-scale and historic gigs from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd’s the Wall, Queen, Genesis, Supertramp, Oasis, Spice Girls, Radiohead, Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys. Between 2000 and 2010 it was also the 'home' of the music industry's annual shindig, The Brits.
The venue will be demolished in a redevelopment of the area which has met huge local resistance, has generated some geniuine questions which remain unanswered, and in many respects remains controversial.
While the value of the land is no doubt an overriding factor in the minds of the planners and the local, regional and national governments, we believe that the significance of Earls Court as a music venue is such that London's cultural life will be poorer. Without this central London location, music fans will have to go to the modern (but some might argue souless and less convienient) arenas in Greenwich and Wembley, while bands will loose an inspirational stage, close to central London, on which to ply thier trade.
We believe that London has enough "redeveloped" districts and that any plans to build in the area should make the most of its current major assets: a unique music venue which has played a significant part in the history of almost all major popular music acts from the UK since the 1970s.
With the venue officially closed and soon to be demolished, the campaign has now refocused its energies on the wider development scheme for the area. Find out more at the Earls Court Area Action campaign website and in the news updates below.
February 2015 - ECAAG protest, Stop Tearing the Heart Out of London, is launched.
December 2014 - The last gig takes place at Earls Court and Bombay Bicycle Club will go down in history. Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd joins the band on stage for a rendention of his Floyd classic, 'Wish You Were Here'.
September 2014 - Demolition of Earls Court Arena approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, despite Labour victory.
March 2014 - Indie-rock band Damn Vandals have come out in support of the campaign! Check out their video on the Earls Court development plans below! They played a benefit gig at the Troubadour on March 6th 2014.
Listen to our Special Report podcast below:
What you need to do now!
1. Visit the Save Earls Court campaign site run by the Earls Court Area Action Group.
3. Show your support visually by downloading, printing and displaying a poster or share a flyer...
4. Write a letter to Head of Planning at the GLA and Mr Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to let him know what you think of the plans!
6. Share this page or the Earls Court campaign site with your friends and contacts on your social networks!
Get the low down...
See how the media have covered the campaign and discover more about how the Earls Court Area Action Group have campaigned against the plans. The Guardian's Dave Hill must be applauded for his consistently strong investigative reporting on the entire scheme.
More from Music Heritage UK on this:
- Listen to our Special Report podcast (October 2013)
- Discover the music history of Earls Court - Blog
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