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Adios, Electric Ballroom...

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Camden's Electric Ballroom (clickety) is due to close in the not too distant. This is a real shame, coz - sleazy little dump though it is :( - it's a pretty decent venue, but it looks like it won't escape the redevelopment of Camden Town tube station.

There's a petitionny thing on their website against its demolition, but sadly it looks like its days are numbered.

So does anyone else care? The place has a great history, and it usuallly has a pretty good atmosphere... seems to me that it would be a real shame to see it go :(.

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Pissed, that was a wicked venue. Saw a few smaller bands there, and a local band from Dover used to get gigs there.

Just one more bit of Camden that is slowly slipping these days. :(

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I used to go there loads, then didn't go for a while, and returned last year (or the year before) to see Garbage, who were fantastic (so relaxed and chatty) and couldn't believe how small it was, not how I remembered it. Seems like other venues have sort of taken it's place, the Forum is pretty close, Astoria isn't far, Dingwalls, Underworld, and aren't they going to do up (again) the old Camden Palace? (blimey, aren't we spoiled in north London.. :( )

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I actually mentioned it on the Discussions forum on efests a while ago and am writing a news feature on it for a module I'm doing on Feature Writing for my degree this term and have been looking into it's demise and whether it would have stood a chance regardless of whether it was used more often or not. It had seemed to have disappeared completely from the rader for a while, but then in the last few months, Sum 41 and The Hives have played one-off gigs there and The Donnas and The Ordinary Boys have made it the London date(s) on their tours, so perhaps, if given the chance it could again flourish, but it doesn't look at all likely to get that chance, especially seeing bands are unlikely to book a venue that could well be closed before they even get to play it

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A little bit of a rough place, but still a great venue. Seen jah wobble a few years back, great gig, also zion train were there to see him.

Also what about the record fairs?

gigs going to :-

DEAD 60S BARFLY CAMDEN

MANIC STREET PREACHERS PLYMOUTH

POGUES BIRMINGHAM

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i will miss it. went to see athlete there last night. its small, has a nice bar and you can see the band you have gone to see from nearly anywhere without having to squish yourself at the front. i will be very sad when it closes

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I'm not sure I could cope with losing the EB as well as the Palais and Astoria/Mean Fiddler.

Nice little place the EB. Glad to see it's NOT being destroyed.

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