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London Astoria's Future Remains Uncertain

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Central London authorities Westminster Council are continuing to fight to close the Astoria Theatre after venue owner the Mean Fiddler successfully appealed to judges to re-instate their licence. The council moved to close the Charing Cross Road theatre after a So Solid gig in 2001 was disrupted by two shootings and appeat determined to close the venue, the Standard suggested.

"The Astoria is a world famous music venue in the heart of London, which attracts 380,000 music fans every year," Mean Fiddler chief Vince Powers told the paper.

"I struggle to understand what the council would stand to gain from seeking its closure."