As both a musician and a member of bar staff, I am devastated to hear that my beloved place of employment and a key music venue in Edinburgh city centre has been sold of to become a Wetherspoons.
The last thing this city needs is a key music venue, as well as the Edinburgh Music scene to be tarnished!
The Picture House has a musical history stretching back three decades and has brought the best international acts to the Scottish capital with acts as diverse as Franz Ferdinand to Amadou and Mariam having graced its stage.
More recently, big names such as Panic! At The Disco, Deaf Havana, Frightened Rabbit, Basement Jaxx, The Editors, Sleeping With Sirens and Amy MacDonald have all performed to over 1000 music fans.
During the seventies and eighties it was known as The Caley Palais and hosted gigs by some of the biggest name artists of its generation including New Order, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Orange Juice, Queen and AC/DC.
I refuse to stand by and watch decades of live music history be tarnished all in the name of a burger and a pint for £6!
Without the Edinburgh Picture House, That band that you've waited ages to see will be through in Glasgow, resulting in increased costs for music lovers who now have to leave events early in order to catch the last bus or train at ridiculous o'clock for around £10/£15 extra.
Signing this petition shows that you are as passionate about music as you are The City Of Edinburgh, who needs to keep such a historic venue alive!
Please JD Wetherspoons. For the sake of Edinburghs music scene, keep The Picture House as a live music venue!!