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'Legendary' venue facing closure

The Charlotte
Bands such as Oasis and Radiohead have played at The Charlotte

A "legendary" music venue in Leicester is facing closure after the management put it into administration.

The Princess Charlotte Pub, known as The Charlotte, has attracted bands such as Oasis, Radiohead and the Stone Roses in its past.

The venue's licensee Andy Wright said after looking at the bills he could not afford to keep it going.

Adrian Larkin from BBC 6 Music said it was a shame to see the "legendary" venue go.

"Being legendary and cool and a raw music venue isn't always what's going to keep a music venue going, it can't live off its name," said Mr Larkin.

"It is legendary - the Stone Roses did it in '85... and Pete Doherty even managed to play there with Babyshambles."

Difficult times

Mr Wright said it was difficult to compete with bigger venues.

"We've had to enter the company into administration. Obviously things have been quite hard for a lot of people recently and a lot of smaller venues have been affected."

In a statement the owners of the venue's building, Punch Taverns, said: "We are unable to comment on the particular circumstances that have resulted in Princess Charlotte Public House Ltd entering into administration.

"We have remained in contact with the licensee throughout this process but have been unable to prevent this outcome.

"The Princess Charlotte is an important venue to the Leicestershire area and we are committed to its future."

Leicester band The Screening called for groups to get together to raise money and save the Charlotte.



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