The gastro pub group Geronimo Inns (Youngs and Co Brewery) have taken control and will be the current custodians of the ‘The Bulls Head’. They plan to change the existing famous and legendary Music Room into a restaurant.
In the process, they will be destroying a cultural and iconic ‘music space’ of the London music scene, of great artistic significance and cultural history to the post World War II, 20th century music era
It is one of the first and most important jazz venues in Britain, and has played a world leading role in live music.
Geronimo say music will continue in the stable area pub, but they have not got planning permission or licensing from Richmond, and it is unlikely this will be given.
Opened officially in 1959, along with Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, it is the world’s longest continuously running jazz pub, everybody has played there, and not just jazz musicians, artists from blues to soul and rock
It is has hosted the legendary and famous from Britain to America (see www.thebullshead.com/live-music/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bull's_Head), and supported and provided an opportunity and privileged stage for upcoming and new artists.
Similar famous and legendary intimate rooms and clubs from the post World War II era, have sadly disappeared, for example, Crawdaddy, Eel Pie Island, Flamingo, Kooks Kleek, Marquee. The attrition rate has been devastatingly high and a great loss of many iconic and culturally important musical venues to future generations
Loosing this cultural iconic institution, the legacy and heritage of this legendary music room would be simply tragic. The Music Room has been an artistically significant venue for music in the post in World War II era to British music history.
In 2010 Geronimo tried to close another famous music room at the Half Moon in Putney. That failed and today fantastic music continues at the Half Moon.
So please save the Bulls Head Music Room.