Where did all the rock go?

In the past month, both Jilly’s – a long-standing lynchpin of the alternative scene in Manchester – and theSubculture, the last chapter in a legacy that brought us several players in the synthpop/post punk movement, have closed.

These closures are the latest in a long line of establishements across the country that have had to cease trading due to landlors, finance issues, and government plans.   In some cases new venues are starting to spring up – in the East End of London, for example – but overall the number of nightclubs and intimate-capacity live venues are shrinking.  What will be left of the UK alternative music scene in years to come?

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