Mumford & Sons star hopes to spark London nightlife resurgence

18th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Mumford & Sons star Ben Lovett wants to reverse London's declining nightlife scene with his new music venue.

Mumford & Sons perform live in concert

The British capital has seen a number of iconic nightspots close over the past decade, including legendary cabaret haunt Madame Jojo's and Fabric nightclub.

Ben says that without such venues Mumford & Sons would have never established themselves and hopes his new venue, Omeara, will stop the trend that has seen London's clubs close.

"I think it is really sad. It is so important for bands. Mumford and Sons wouldn't exist without the London club scene," he tells BBC Radio 1.

"Many of the places like (closed venues) Madame Jojo's, The Luminaire and the Mean Fiddler, all those places were really important for us cutting our teeth, developing our fan base and figuring out who we were as a band."

The Grammy Award-winning folk rocker, who has received backing from London's mayor Sadiq Khan, adds, "I am hopeful that there is a tonne of venues coming and hopefully we are going to be a part of the resurgence."

He is certain there are plenty of talented new musicians ready to top the charts but wants to provide them with the same opportunity to perform that he had.

"I think there is a really exciting wave of British music coming through," he adds. "There is something really exciting about the fact that we don't know what bands are going to form over the coming years, who will turn up and suddenly ask to play a show."

Omeara opens on Thursday (20Oct16), with a gig from punk rock heroes The Pretenders.

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