Last Saturday (7th Jan) was sadly the last Club Ska night at The Rayners, which has been its home for the last five years. The venue has been acquired by property developers and the site is due to be used for flats. The promoters of Club Ska are doing what they can to try and prevent the loss of what is one of West London’s last full-time live music venues, but as things stand it looks like Club Ska will have to find a new home.
The popularity of Club Ska is such that it has already had a number of invitations from other venues, so rest assured they will be back soon – hopefully with performances from two legendary Jamaican artists who recorded at Studio One during their long careers.
On a personal note, I was very disappointed to hear this news as I have fond memories of the place. I will never forget the amazing gig Laurel Aitken played there shortly before he passed away. It is a spacious, but nice and homely venue. Selfishly though, I can’t help hoping that the night will move to a slightly more central venue. Rayners Lane is quite a trek for me – right across London!
To keep up-to-date with the latest news on Club Ska check out the website: www.clubska.com
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