The Garage, the maroon-fronted music haven a stone’s throw from Highbury and Islington, has undergone a very much-welcomed, dramatic refurbishment and will be opening it’s new doors to the public next week!
Transformed into what the owners, who happen to also own Oslo in Hackney, describe as a ‘destination venue’, The Garage will now encompass three separate spaces. The main music venue itself, which can fit a capacity of 600, will boast a brand new sound system, lighting and a refurbished bar area with a higher pedigree drink choices. Services have also been improved, including customer toilets and backstage facilities for the musicians.
Out with the old Mini-Bar and in with the General Store on the ground floor! This harks back to the gas stations of old small-town America – reclaimed gas pumps included! The General Store is an all-day café and bar which will have both US and British craft beer and cocktails on offer and should expect to entice a trendier clientele than its predecessor.
The final cog in the new machine will be the independently operated Thousand Island, an upstairs space centred on hosting fresh talent and forward thinking acts during weekday evening, while later in the week late night socials will showcase talent anchored by collaborative club nights and ‘Thousand Island Presents’.
No doubt eyes will be pulled to the mirror ball-filled ceiling and famous faces splashed across one wall, all in part of the new design!
Over its 24 year history, The Garage has hosted Oasis, Jeff Buckley, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Placebo, Feeder, The Killers, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Supergrass Radiohead, Bring Me The Horizon and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, helping make it one of the city’s landmark venues.
The takeover aims to ignite the venue’s iconic reputation and position itself as a contemporary champion of current and emerging talent.
Visit: 20-22 Highbury Cres, Highbury East, London N5 1RD
Photo credit: Sarah Koury, Entirety