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London music institution Madame Jojo's shuts down

White Heat promoters confirm that the council has revoked the beloved venue's license

These days, you can't walk down a street in London without hearing of a beloved club or venue shutting down. First the Joiners Arms in Hackney, then Vibe Bar on Brick Lane – now Madame Jojo's is closing its doors for good.

According to promoters White Heat, who have been putting on nights at the tiny Soho club for a decade, Westminster council has revoked Madame Jojo's music and events licence.

In a Facebook statement, they say: "We know a lot of you have been waiting to hear about what’s been going on with White Heat over the past few weeks. About a month ago our home of ten years, Madame Jojo’s, was shut down due to a serious incident of disorder outside. Yesterday the council decided to revoke the venue’s licence rendering us homeless and its staff, our friends, out of a job."

"We’ve been forced to cancel all of our foreseeable shows at the venue and it’s probably going to be impossible to have one last hurrah at Jojo’s for old times sake."

"Over the ten years we've been there we've put a lot into how the venue looks and sounds to make it the best live experience possible and to try and be one of the best places to watch new bands in London. So it really is gutting to have to announce that White Heat at Madame Jojo's is no more."

"For now we're going to weigh up our options and try to work out what we can salvage from this. We've put on a party every week for the past ten years so it's in our blood, don't expect to hear nothing."

The "serious incident of disorder" referenced by White Heat took place on 24 October, when security staff at Madame Jojo's used baseball bats to attack assailants who had been throwing glass bottles at them. The venue license was suspended pending appeal.

This Is Cabaret reports that Madame Jojo's lost its appeal last Friday when Westminster council chose to upheld the suspension despite the venue "making personnel changes to appease the council". 

Madame Jojo's was the launching point for a huge number of musicians, hosting acts such as The xx, The Horrors, Grimes, Anna Calvi, Chairlift, Klaxons, Disclosure and more. Most recently, Lorde and Yuck played the venue.