Day the music died: Kingston's famous gig venue The Peel to close

Surrey Comet: The Peel will close later this year The Peel will close later this year

An iconic Kingston music venue is set to close down later this year.

The Sir Robert Peel - known simply as The Peel by thousands of bands and gig goers – has announced it will cease trading on its official Facebook page.

A closing-down party featuring a day of bands and DJs is already in the pipeline, despite no closure date being finalised.

An administrator for the Peel’s Facebook page confirmed the closure on Wednesday, saying: “It is true.

“We are having a closing down party. Info will be posted here."

For many years the pub was one of the borough’s premier live gig venues, where hundreds of young bands cut their performing teeth both onstage and in the rehearsal rooms below.

It has also played host to a number of well-established acts over the years, including The Vaccines, Jamie T, Gallows and John Newman.

The pub was also known for its lap dance, striptease and pole dance shows, which took place in a separate area behind the music room.

Supporters of the Peel were dismayed to hear the news.

One Facebook user wrote: “Where the hell are new bands gonna get a chance to strut their stuff?! Really sad news if that's true”.

Another said: “Nooo, the peel is an amazing venue for gigs. it can't close”.

Surrey Comet:

The Peel was once one of Kingston's premier gig venues - but has been in decline in recent years

The Peel’s popularity has waned in recent years, opening infrequently to host guaranteed sell-out live shows only.

It is understood the venue, in Cambridge Road, will now be sold off by its debt-ridden brewery owner Punch Taverns, which owes creditors £2.3bn.

Rumours have already begun circulating that Tesco, which recently scrapped plans to build a supermarket in Tolworth, are interested in the site.

However, the company has yet to declare any interest in the land.

Jon Tolley, manager of Banquet Records, which organised hundreds of gigs at the Peel, said: “I worked at the Peel behind the bar and put on shows before doing Banquet, and there’s been some amazing gigs there, but it’s lost its way a bit.

“But the fact is the room is the best room to watch live music in Kingston.

“There’s going to be a big hole left when it goes.”

 

What do you think? Will you be sad to see The Peel close?

Leave your comments or memories of the pub below or email ross.logan@london.newsquest.co.uk

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4:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

reesmf says...

This is a real shame. I saw a few bands there as part of the House of Progression, including Fish (from Marillion), Genesis covers band Carpet Crawlers and local band Hoaxwind. I'll still go to places like the Grey Horse and the Fighting **** but The Peel will be missed.
This is a real shame. I saw a few bands there as part of the House of Progression, including Fish (from Marillion), Genesis covers band Carpet Crawlers and local band Hoaxwind. I'll still go to places like the Grey Horse and the Fighting **** but The Peel will be missed. reesmf
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9:25am Tue 1 Apr 14

chessingtonman says...

I have to admit I am not a fan of prog music, however I am a close personal friend of the master of house of progression and I know that he has had some great times their putting on and promoting amazing bands and line up's. some of the things i have heard about gigs played here I know this venue will be sadly missed to thousands of music fans across the UK. I am sure that this venue can be saved by someone to allow prog and other genres of music to continue at this iconic venue!!!
I have to admit I am not a fan of prog music, however I am a close personal friend of the master of house of progression and I know that he has had some great times their putting on and promoting amazing bands and line up's. some of the things i have heard about gigs played here I know this venue will be sadly missed to thousands of music fans across the UK. I am sure that this venue can be saved by someone to allow prog and other genres of music to continue at this iconic venue!!! chessingtonman
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10:06am Tue 1 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

I remember going to see strippers there during my well-spent youth. Always a pity to see the demise of any live music venue.
But above all else, please, please, please not a Tesco. There are far too many of their wretched stores in the area. They are a blight on the landscape and kill off local traders - most of the economic gain from a new Tesco benefits shareholders, and all it does on the jobs front is to displace exisiting jobs. Whereas it is the local economy that benefits from an independent shop.
I remember going to see strippers there during my well-spent youth. Always a pity to see the demise of any live music venue. But above all else, please, please, please not a Tesco. There are far too many of their wretched stores in the area. They are a blight on the landscape and kill off local traders - most of the economic gain from a new Tesco benefits shareholders, and all it does on the jobs front is to displace exisiting jobs. Whereas it is the local economy that benefits from an independent shop. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 2

10:08am Tue 1 Apr 14

chessingtonman says...

why bring tesco and tesco politics into a closure of an iconic music venue?? their hasnt even been a mention of tesco!!!
why bring tesco and tesco politics into a closure of an iconic music venue?? their hasnt even been a mention of tesco!!! chessingtonman
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10:12am Tue 1 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

chessingtonman wrote:
why bring tesco and tesco politics into a closure of an iconic music venue?? their hasnt even been a mention of tesco!!!
Read the article again...
[quote][p][bold]chessingtonman[/bold] wrote: why bring tesco and tesco politics into a closure of an iconic music venue?? their hasnt even been a mention of tesco!!![/p][/quote]Read the article again... kingstonpaul
  • Score: 0

10:22am Tue 1 Apr 14

chessingtonman says...

its a rumour its not a definite...
its a rumour its not a definite... chessingtonman
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10:32am Tue 1 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

chessingtonman wrote:
its a rumour its not a definite...
Pedant....I know it's not a so**ing definite.
Am I not entitled to vent an opinion about a possible outcome?
[quote][p][bold]chessingtonman[/bold] wrote: its a rumour its not a definite...[/p][/quote]Pedant....I know it's not a so**ing definite. Am I not entitled to vent an opinion about a possible outcome? kingstonpaul
  • Score: -3

10:33am Tue 1 Apr 14

chessingtonman says...

calm down..... :)
calm down..... :) chessingtonman
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5:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Surbotron says...

He is obviously aware that Tesco has been flouting a planning loophole recently and turning closed down pubs into Tesco Local/Metro stores without the usual change of use planning application.
Nearly every pub I know that has closed down recently in South London recently has reopened as scummy Tesco.

Prince of Wales, Garret Lane
Hope and Achnor, Croydon, etc, etc.
He is obviously aware that Tesco has been flouting a planning loophole recently and turning closed down pubs into Tesco Local/Metro stores without the usual change of use planning application. Nearly every pub I know that has closed down recently in South London recently has reopened as scummy Tesco. Prince of Wales, Garret Lane Hope and Achnor, Croydon, etc, etc. Surbotron
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5:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Landslug says...

Traveled from the US several times to see gigs at The Peel. Tinyfish, Touchstone, Magenta, The Reasoning.. all great shows. Twang & co. did such a great job, it's a shame that it's going to close
Traveled from the US several times to see gigs at The Peel. Tinyfish, Touchstone, Magenta, The Reasoning.. all great shows. Twang & co. did such a great job, it's a shame that it's going to close Landslug
  • Score: 2

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