British rockers Coldplay have voiced their disappointment over plans to close the London music venue which launched their music career.
The musicians found themselves on the road to fame in 1999 after they played a show at the intimate Bull and Gate venue in Kentish Town, north London and drew the attention of an NME magazine music critic.
They went on to storm the charts in 2000 with hit single Yellow and acclaimed debut album Parachutes, and frontman Chris Martin is adamant they owe a lot to the Bull and Gate, which has been earmarked for closure in May (13).
The band has even written a letter to local London newspaper the Camden New Journal expressing their sadness. The note reads, "In January 1999, promoter Simon Williams and the great people of the Bull let us bang out five songs in 20 minutes. It got us our first Nme review and changed our lives forever. Long live the Bull. We'll always be grateful."
BBC Radio Six DJ Steve Lamacq adds, "It's a terrible shame. It's where I saw bands like Blur and Doves in their early days. Unfortunately it's another indication that live music is being squeezed out of certain areas, meaning bands have less choice of where to play (sic)."
Bull and Gate, which has also played host to gigs by Nirvana, Muse and Manic Street Preachers, will close in May (13) and re-open as a restaurant and bar, without live music.