Published: 6 January, 2017
by JOE COOPER
HIGHBURY’S The Garage, the famous “toilet circuit” venue which has helped launch the careers of some of the country’s biggest rock bands, has closed for an upgrade.
Since it opened in 1993, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead have graced The Garage’s sticky floors.
The venue, previously known as Town and Country Club II, is closed until mid-February for refurbishment. When it reopens the shabby frontage will be given a makeover and the ground floor will become a daytime “coffee spot”, craft beer and cocktail bar, while a new nightclub will launch upstairs.
The sound system and lighting rig will be replaced in the larger of the two rooms, which holds 600 people. Owners DHP acquired the venue earlier this year. Head of venue programming Ed Lilo said artists were starting to be put off by The Garage’s look.
“This is about keeping Islington and London on the live music map,” he said. “It will be a world-class venue.”
Acts booked would be more varied than the rock and indie music The Garage is known for, he added.