Westminster Council has today secured the long-term future of London’s legendary 100 Club with the venue being offered 100 per cent Business Rate Relief from April 1, 2020.
The decision reduces the overhead costs for the venue by over £70,000 per year. It follows a longstanding campaign, which included a concert by Sir Paul McCartney, working to keep the venue at the heart of London’s Oxford Street.
The move follows discussions between Westminster Council, London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé and Music Venue Trust about supporting Grassroots Music Venues in the city. It also follows yesterday’s news that all Grassroots Music Venues will benefit from a 50 per cent reduction in business rates.
The famous London venue has been home to an amazing line-up of artists across over seven decades and was the birthplace of both British Jazz and Punk. The 100 Club has seen the likes of Glen Miller, Siouxie & The Banshees, Sex Pistols, Clash, Louis Armstrong, Marion Makeba and Hugh Masekela, and The Rolling Stones grace its stage.
Jeff Horton, the owner of the 100 Club, commented: “Westminster Council has made the 100 Club the first-ever Grassroots Music Venue to be awarded Localism Relief. This award means that the venue will now be given 100 per cent Business Rates relief for the entire time it remains at its current location at 100 Oxford Street, its home since 1942. This forward-thinking move by the local authority means that after a decade of financial turmoil and struggle the venue can, at last, move forward and continue its work, secure in the knowledge that there is now a much greater chance of sustainability.”
Amy Lamé added: “The 100 Club is an important part of London’s music history, providing a stage for up and coming and world-renowned acts for more than 75 years. Grassroots Music Venues play a key role in London’s thriving nightlife and that is why we’ve worked closely with The 100 Club and Westminster City Council to secure its future. This is the first time that special status has been awarded to a Grassroots Music Venue and it is a great example of what can be done to support venues in our city. I urge other local authorities to work with us to support venues in their boroughs and help boost London’s vibrant nightlife.”