Now, this is great news to start the year. We’ve just heard that the Grade II listed Half Moon public house in Herne Hill has been bought by the Fullers pub chain and is expected to reopen in the late summer of this year.
After being disastrously flooded in August 2013 when a Thames Water pipe burst in Half Moon Lane and covered the centre of Herne Hill under a huge amount of water, there were real fears that the pub would never reopen as a music venue, or indeed, as a pub.
A spirited local campaign saw the popular pub and music venue get listed by Southwark Council as an Asset of Community Value last month.
Today, Peter Blair, who runs the Save the Half Moon Campaign and who has been working very closely with the Dulwich Society, reported that the pub’s future had been secured:
The Dulwich Estate have confirmed that they have signed a lease on the Half Moon with pub operator Fuller Smith & Turner Plc (Fullers) It is hoped that the pub will re-open in the late summer of 2016.
We will obviously continue to seek to stress the importance both of live music and of working with the local community as Fullers develop their plans. I will update everyone later this week on developments.
The Distillers in Hammersmith is one example of a Fullers pub that hosts live music and open mic nights. Thanks again to everyone for your ongoing support. Happy to hear your views.
Speaking to Brixton Buzz, Blair added:
This is positive news. We will continue to work for and seek assurances on the future of the Half Moon as a grassroots music venue, including handing in our change.org petition, which now has 6,300 signatures to City Hall later this month.”
Of course, there are real fears that the Half Moon that we all loved so much – with its wonderful loud music nights – may never come back again, but right now we’re just happy to know that at least we’re getting the pub back.
Who’s played the Half Moon?
The petition page includes a hugely impressive list of famous acts who have graced the venue’s stage and underlines its importance as a live music venue:
The Half Moon has hosted live music since the 1950’s, when Frank Sinatra dropped by after a London show to visit his old chauffeur and sing a number. Musicians who played here and went on to become famous include Eric Clapton, U2, Billy Bragg, The Police, and Paloma Faith. Celebrated comedians, including Mark Lamarr, Eddie Izzard andJo Brand have also performed stand-up comedy here.
Sunday night jam sessions in the 1970s featured an amazing array of musical talent from the most popular bands of the era, including members of the Jeff Beck Group, Rory Gallagher band, and Thin Lizzy. Luminaries such as Albert Lee, Paul Young, Geno Washington, The Yardbirds, and the celebrated punk poet John Cooper Clarke have all graced the stage at the Half Moon in Herne Hill.
The 1980s line up at the Half Moon included leading ‘New Wave’ acts, such as The Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, The Alarm, and The Go-Betweens.
Recent acts that played at the Half Moon include UK chart toppers The Wonder Stuff, along with Mercury Music prize nominated Turin Brakes,The Handsome Family, and The Beat. In 2010, the singer Rumer held a special gig at the Half Moon to support those affected by the Pakistan floods. 2010 also saw Grammy nominated band Clinic supported by Mercury Music Prize nominee Anna Calvi in a double bill.