A 600 year old, Grade II listed building located at 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, East London, the George Tavern has hosted the likes of Nick Cave, Plan B, John Cooper Clarke, The Magic Numbers, Kodaline and even Sir Roger Penrose on its intimate stage. Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith were also regulars.
The George’s case is a test case for music venues, pubs and other established businesses facing similar situations across the country. The Court of Appeal will consider whether planning authorities should allow new development, if it threatens established licensed premises. In particular, the Court will consider whether complaints from residents of any new development will put the operating licences of live music venues at risk.
Important grassroots music venues are under threat all over the country. In London 35% of the grassroots venues have closed over the last eight years, many as a result of inappropriate development on their doorstep.
We need people to show their support, not just for the George Tavern, but for all live music venues in London and the country.
A nine year campaign against the building of these flats by property developers has been backed by a number of celebrities and artists including Kaiser Chiefs singer and The Voice judge Ricky Wilson, Olympian diver Tom Daley, singer Grace Jones, models Kate Moss and Georgia Jagger, and actor Sir Ian McKellen to name just a few.
We’re ecstatic that we’ve been given another chance to make our case to the Court of Appeal. As well as fighting for our own future, we’re fighting for the future of live music in London and across the country. We desperately need a common sense approach to planning and music venues and hope that a successful outcome for us can lead the way for other pubs and venues who are having to deal with inappropriate property development.
We currently have a petition on change.org, and signatures help us demonstrate how important music venues like the George are. By adding your name you’ll not only be supporting our fight for live music to remain at the George, but for all music venues and other cultural hubs.
We also have an online shop selling our iconic “Save The George Tavern” t-shirts and merchandise, worn by such celebrities as Ian McKellen, Kate Moss, Grace Jones, Tom Daley and Johnny Vegas. All proceeds go towards are mounting legal fees.