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Mumfords’ Ben Lovett to open new London venue

Omeara will be part of new South Bank development Low Line, and is the first of four grassroots venues opening in the UK capital this year

By Jon Chapple on 18 Jul 2016

Ben Lovett, Omeara, Mumford & Sons, Hyde Park, 2011, Anthony Abbott

Lovett performs with Mumford & Sons in Hyde Park

image © Anthony Abbott

Ben Lovett, one quarter of Mumford & Sons and a co-founder of promoter, label and music publisher Communion, has announced plans for a new grassroots music venue in London.

Omeara will be part of a South Bank development called the Low Line and is expected to open in September.

Music Venue Trust founder Mark Davyd has confirmed to IQ that Omeara is one of the four brand-new venues he revealed recently would be opening in the British capital this year.

“I’ve been playing and putting on shows in London for my entire adult life,” says Lovett. “Without the grassroots music venues in this city, the band and I simply wouldn’t have achieved what we have, so I have a lot to be grateful for.

“Over the last few years, London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments, and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline.

“Over the last few years London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments, and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline”

“It’s early days right now, and we’ve got plenty of hard work to do before we even open the doors to Omeara, but I’m extremely excited for its future and what it can do for London.”

Communion will book the new venue, while ticketing will be via industry newcomer Sky Tickets.

Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London, adds: “Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities, and this includes supporting grassroots music venues. These venues, which are the lifeblood of our music scene, are often under threat, so I’m delighted to see Ben Lovett opening an exciting new destination for live music fans.

“This type of initiative is exactly what the capital needs, especially at this time when I want to show that #Londonisopen to creative entrepreneurs like Ben, who are underlining London’s reputation as one of the best 24-hour cities in the world.”


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