One of the most loved live music venues is set to close at the end of this year after 14 years of satisfying true music lovers of Islington.
Buffalo Bar was a host for a great number of bands, including The Libertines, Keane, Hot Chip and Bombay Bicycle Club. In order to save the bar, 5,000 people have signed an online petition that encourages the owners, freeholder, County Estate Pubs, and leaseholder, Stonegate Pub Company, to rethink their plans.
The announcement of the closure has received a negative reaction not only from the musicians who contributed to Buffalo but also from politicians. Emily Thornberry, former Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury who is associated with ‘white van man’ scandal, is one of the activists that supports saving the Buffalo Bar in Highbury corner.
Last Friday Thornberry held a meeting to discuss what can be done to save the venue. Her message to the fans of Buffalo Bar:
“I’ve been contacted by lots of constituents (and non constituents), about the Buffalo Bar and I understand why people are concerned and want to save what must be a remarkable venue. I want to write to the Chief Execs of both Stonegate and Country Estates and let them know why it’s such a unique venue. However, not having been myself, I’d like to meet with bands, regulars or constituents who can share their stories with me”
Emily also supported the campaign on social media; 2 days before she posted widely condemned ‘image from Rochester’.
Announcement in the official Bufallo Bar website says: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the imminent closure of the Buffalo Bar. We have been served a very short notice period from our new landlords, after being here for over 14 years. They remain undecided what to do with our space. It will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
”While the fate of this London’s bar remains vague, the date for the last event and goodbye party has been set on New Year’s Eve.