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Legendary Venue Set To Close
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has confirmed that the London Astoria venue has to be demolished to make way for a new underground network.

The Crossrail service, which will open up links across the city, is expected to be completed in 2017, ending the hopes of many music fans. 35,000 people are said to have signed a petition in a bid to save the Astoria.

Speaking last week, Livingstone said 'There are some instances where that just physically isn't possible. The construction of Crossrail means that the Astoria can't be saved.'

However, he added: 'We're basically putting in a vast train station but the developers that have actually drawn up the scheme for the area are replacing it with a larger live music venue.'

There are currently no estimates as to when the venue will actually close its doors.

Published: 17 March 2008