We’ve had a lot of bad news to impart of late – and we’re sorry to have to be the bearers of bad news again.
The Masque and Jacaranda have been landmarks in Liverpool’s nightlife scene, but the impending closure of Greenland Street’s Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC) has floored us.
The CUC will close its doors on 3 January 2012, with the loss of over 30 jobs, just a matter of weeks after the triumphant closing night for Liverpool Music Week that seemed like such a validation of the venue and its place in the city’s music scene.
The CUC, run by communities charity People Can, says that cuts to its public sector funding – combined the now seemingly inevitable double-dip recession that is likely to put increasing strain on the leisure sector – mean that the CUC can no longer continue.
The stumbling regeneration of the Baltic Triangle area, looking ever more isolated from the rest of the city to our eye, cannot have helped. But that peculiar location – and utterly stunning, labyrinthine, multi-faceted venue – was also something of a positive; a venue that was geographically, as well as tonally, alternative.
Management says that alternative venues for gigs booked for the new year will be sought – and the planned programme of Christmas events will go ahead
We hope it goes out on a high – and mourn the loss of the city’s most intriguing musical space.
Anyone with questions relating to gigs should call 0151 708 3510.