Mumford & Sons co-founder Ben Lovett is set to open new music venue Omeara in London.
The musician, Communion boss and all-round good egg is due to launch the venture this year, bucking the trend of small music venues closing in the capital.
Ben Lovett: “I’ve been playing and putting on shows in London for my entire adult life. Without the grass-roots music venues in this city, the band and I simply wouldn’t have achieved what we have, so I have a lot to be grateful for.”
“Over the last few years, London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline. It’s early days right now, and we’ve got plenty of hard work to do before we even open the doors to Omeara, but I’m extremely excited for its future and what it can do for London.”
Omeara will be situated in Borough, part of a new South Bank development called The Low Line, a cultural area that will connect London Bridge to Waterloo.
Newly installed London mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown his support behind the project: “Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities, and this includes supporting grassroots music venues. These venues, which are the lifeblood of our music scene, are often under threat, so I’m delighted to see Ben Lovett opening an exciting new destination for live music fans. I know Omeara will be a massive success, helping fresh new talent to make their mark in the capital, and have their music heard. This type of initiative is exactly what the capital needs, especially at this time when I want to show that #Londonisopen to creative entrepreneurs like Ben, who are underlining London’s reputation as one of the best 24-hour cities in the world.”
Omeara will open later this year - full launch details HERE.