Ramsgate Music Hall is closing temporarily to carry out a restructure and return with a ‘fresh vision’ during the third week of August.
The hall in Turner Street has been running for five years and in that time scooped the NME best small venue accolade.
It was originally created by friends Jules Bigg, a graphic designer, producer Tim Baines and entrepreneur Robin Hyman and has become a byword for exclusive and eclectic gigs – hosting stars including Jarvis Cocker, Gruff Rhys and Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh.
But the restructure plan means the hall has had to cancel Wave Fest 2 on August 10 featuring The Wave Pictures and supporting acts.
In a statement from Ramsgate Music Hall it says: “There has been plenty of talk surrounding the future of the Ramsgate Music Hall. We cannot hide from the fact that running a small venue is an immensely tricky beast to handle.
“The support and love shown for the Music Hall has been humbling. If it means to you even a fraction of what it does to us, we know it has a tiny corner of many music loving hearts.
“Over the next couple of weeks the Ramsgate Music Hall will go through a restructuring process, this will mean the sad cancellation of this years ‘Waves Fest 2’.
“Our sincere apologies go out to The Wave Pictures, one of the finest bands we’ve ever had, having played more packed out shows than anyone. Sorry also to the other amazing bands on the bill including the legendary Tav Falco. (All tickets will be automatically refunded at source).
“On the positive side of gloom, plans are afoot to open with a fresh vision in the third week of August, continuing our programme of amazing performances we have already lined up.
“The venue was created for everyone in this remote part of Kent to revel in the wonders of live music.
“With this in mind we are launching a new ‘Friends of Ramsgate Music Hall’ donation scheme. To survive the venue needs your love, and to lose it would be unthinkable… more news on this shortly.
“To sign off, what an amazing 5 years we’ve had. Rest assured we’re doing all we can to continue the ride for 5 more.
“Deepest thanks and love to all the extraordinary and fiercely loyal staff, epic bands, and of course you – the wonderful customers – showing support since our first show in October 2013.”
The 130-capacity music hall is expected to reopen in time for the gig by Australian drummer Laurence Pike and support act Adam Betts on August 24.