New York City‘s legendary nightclub and venue, Webster Hall, has announced that their final night of entertainment will be August 5th. For New Yorkers, the venue is all too familiar as it has hosted thousands of concerts and club nights for over a century. Webster Hall was sold to AEG Presents and Barclay Center this past April in a deal worth approximately $35 million. The new owners will be closing the venue for good (as we know it) for a $10 million renovation. In a public statement to the community, Gerad McNamee Jr. stated:
“Ladies and Gentlemen/Friends and Family:
Sad but true, the legendary and world-famous Webster Hall has been sold and will close as we know it for its final club night on Saturday August 5th, 2017, which just so happens to be my birthday, which is certainly somehow apropos. It will be closed for an undisclosed period of time for demo, reno and transition to corporate ownership under Barclays/AEG/Bowery Presents. I highly recommend that you all stop by before the end of this era to pay your respects to the Ballingers and the building for providing us with a lifetimes worth of memories. There are only 12 club nights left. Please come celebrate our rich 25 year history of being the biggest, baddest and longest running nightclub in the history of New York City.”
The closing of Webster Hall comes as another blow to New York’s EDM scene. Following the closing of Pacha NYC last year, Space Ibiza this year, and now Webster Hall, the venues that host EDM events are becoming more limited. However, after the purchase of Webster Hall, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark, stated the following, “We’re going to preserve what Webster Hall means to the consumers and artists, but we will contemporize it.” Hopefully this means that after renovations are complete, the venue will continue to host EDM events and club nights.
As for the time being, be sure to check out all the remaining events scheduled at Webster Hall here and visit the iconic NYC landmark before it is gone forever.