Anyone who’s been to a gig at the Union Chapel in Islington will know that it carries an ambience that’s unique among the capital’s music venues.
The Union Chapel’s position as a superior performance space was reaffirmed when Time Out lauded it as ‘London’s Best Live Music Venue’ for 2012. Not to mention, the Chapel is also still a fully operational church, and runs as a centre for those homeless or in crisis in the capital.
All this is now under threat after announcements for housing developments in close proximity to the venue. The Union Chapel are worried that the noise and traffic pollution they generate could lead to complaints. The venue hope that if they can get enough voices of support they can ask Islington Council to adjust the plans, and avoid closure.
It really would be a tragedy if the Union Chapel met the same fate that’s fallen upon unforgettable London venues such as the Astoria and The End in the last five years – so go get your name on this petition, pronto.