According to the current operator of popular East Village music venue Webster Hall, the venue will be closing down for an unknown period of time in August. The venue has been sold to a group owned by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and AEG Presents (who also now own The Bowery Presents), who also operate venues like Barclays Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and more.
According to a post from Gerard McNamee Jr.(who currently operates WH), the venue will be closing down for good on August 9th for the foreseeable future for renovations. The final slate of shows will include tour stops from mid-2000s favorites Good Charlotte and Michelle Branch (who both low-key have some fire tunes if we’re being real), among others. Take a look at McNamee Jr’s full post:
Ladies and Gentlemen/Friends and Family:Sad but true, the legendary and world-famous Webster Hall has been sold and…
There’s a lot of fun that’s gone down at Webster Hall through the years, and who knows how it will change in its operation in the future when under the new management. There have been so many secret shows there, and so many fun events, but I’ll never forget one of the last times I was there, last summer, when there was supposed to be a secret Kanye West show, and it never came to be—because the secret aspect of it became quite prominently and publicly known due to a massive word-of-mouth spreading.
in line @ Webster Hall for what we think is the secret Kanye show at 2:00 pic.twitter.com/1VS7a97Meg
— Evan Romano (@EvanRomano) June 6, 2016
In a way, this was kind of the best of what everyone knew Webster Hall to be—a central location, privately and independently owned, that everyone knew about, from artists, to media, to fans. The show never happened, but nevertheless, the night was legendary. I saw Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, and Kanye himself in the flesh that night—along with possibly the biggest impromptu crowd on a side street that I’ll ever see.
Webster Hall, as we know it, may be changing. But everyone probably has their own Kanye Show memory there—and those aren’t going anywhere.