Top gay venue Astoria to hold ‘last ever party’
The London Astoria is one of the capital’s most iconic venues and following the decision earlier this year to close demolish the Astoria to make way for the new Crossrail project, the venue’s has announced that Manumission will host its closing nights.
Having held performances from worldwide stars such as Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, the Astoria has always been a part of London’s thriving gay scene.
January 15th will see Ibiza’s Manumission club return to the UK for the first time in 15 years at the Astoria.
The night will mark the beginning of Manumission’s world tour of clubs.
A complete line-up for the night, dubbed “Manumission Comes to London” has yet to be announced, but organisers describe the event as featuring “a fusion of rock and dance acts.”
The Astoria was opened in 1927 as a cinema and was converted into a theatre in 1976.
The plans to demolish the Astoria was met with protests from famous musicians and petitions signed by tens of thousands of people.
Much sadness was expressed by gay clubbers when popular club G-A-Y left the Astoria.
Promoter Jeremy Joseph said in May that had made the decision to leave the Astoria after fifteen years “after a lot of thought and consideration.
“So what is the future for G-A-Y? Well priority goes to G-A-Y Bar and Late, and you will be seeing changes there including G-A-Y Late doubling in size,” he said.