So if you hadn’t gathered from the headline, London’s not-so-glittering Astoria – home of G-A-Y – is to be bulldozed later this year. S’official.
The oft-gay, sometime goth, venue is being razed to the ground to make way for the new Crossrail service. Which is something that will touch-wood help people get from A to B. And perhaps back again.
‘The construction of Crossrail means that the Astoria can’t be saved,’ said Kenneth Livingstone. You know, Mayor-y. ‘It wasn’t at the cutting edge of modern comfort.’
‘Cutting edge of modern comfort’? Neither’s The Tower of London but you don’t hear anyone complaining. Anne Boleyn maybe.
Oh but anyroad, lots o’ people are angry slash sad slash angry some more. Jack Penate, for example, who said the following:
‘It’s an absolute disgusting travesty. I don’t understand how they can justify bringing down something that has hugely influenced all the youth.’
‘All the youth’? ‘Youth’ would’ve sufficed.
Anways, it’s sad, and it confirms them there rumours that were circulating a bit ago.
Oh, and they are apparently building another venue in its place, working title The Tottenham Court Road Concert Hall-or-something, so not all’s lost. Just the Astoria.
*considers going to G-A-Y for the first time in, ooh, a long time just, you know, for the memories*