More Than A Dozen London Gigs By Artists Including Tina Arena And Fun Lovin' Criminals Have Been Called Off Or Moved After One Of The City's Most Popular Music Venues Was Closed Due To Roof Damage.
The O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in west London was shut in December (15) after a safety inspection found damage to the historic building's roof, prompting venue bosses to axe a gig by rockers The Courteeners and relocate upcoming shows to allow repair work to take place.
The building had been expected to reopen in January (16), but venue bosses have now called off a slew of upcoming concerts to allow repairs to continue until March (16).
Tina Arena's up show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 26 January (16) has been relocated to the O2 Forum, Kentish Town in north London, and gigs by Fun Lovin' Criminals, Jamie Lawson, Joshua Radin, Jason Isbell, and Walk The Moon have also been moved. A number of other shows have been cancelled.
A spokesperson for the venue says, "Following the closure of O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 4 December and further inspections, structural engineers have advised that works to the roof structure will extend into March... We are sorry that these extended restoration works mean that further shows up to 31 March 2016 will either be moved to other venues in London or rescheduled as necessary.
"Once again, we thank artists, promoters and fans for their cooperation and patience and wish to reassure everyone that safety is our priority."