Surely another sign of the biting recession is the Masque in Liverpool closing.
The first victim of the famous Liverpool venue shutting is the Goldblade gig this Friday which looked like being a sellout show.[caption id="attachment_12976" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Liverpool Masque closes: venue feels the cold hand of recession"][/caption]
The promoters had been in touch with Goldblade mid afternoon about the final details of the show and then posted on their Facebook page an hour later that the venue had been shut down.
The venue had re-opened as 'The Masque' in 2009 after formerly being the site of the Liverpool Barfly.
The venue's owners posted the following message on their official Facebook page Facebook.com/The-Masque: "It comes with great sadness, that we have to announce, The Masque has ceased trading as from today. All shows are now cancelled (or in some cases moved) and you are entitled to a refund from your ticket providers."
Bands who were booked to play at the venue over the coming months include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Young Guns, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Spector.
It's another sign of how tough the times are for music- there had been an argument that illegal downloading was 'cool man because bands can always make their money live'...but tere have been several venues closing outside the live music hot spots like Manchester all through the year.