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Live Nation sells MAMA venue in Hoxton

By | Published on Friday 11 December 2015

MAMA & Company

Mothership Group, the company behind The Book Club, Queen Of Hoxton and Stories in East London, and newish Brighton venue Patterns, has acquired the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, previously operated by MAMA & Company.

Confirming the purchase, the firm’s Commercial Director Jon Ross said yesterday: “We’ve been huge fans of the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen for many years. It’s a great bar in a world-famous square and we’re really excited about taking it on. It has an amazing history with some of the best bands on today’s scene having broken there and we’re looking forward to continuing and adding to that story”.

Meanwhile the venue’s live music programmer Adam Taylor adds: “Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been at the heart of East London’s music scene since it’s opening in 2001 and many of the biggest and best loved bands in the world have played here early in their careers. It’s exciting to be working with Mothership Group, known for their unique and innovative events, in continuing Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen’s legacy”.

MAMA was acquired by Live Nation earlier this year, of course, and in October three of its bigger venues – The Forum in London, The Ritz in Manchester and The Institute in Birmingham – all basically became part of the live giant’s Academy Music Group business, adding an O2 onto their names as part of AGM’s portfolio-wide brand partnership.

That left the smaller venues, including the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. It’s thought additional deals will likely be announced for some of the other venues, while the MAMA festivals company continues to operate as a standalone entity alongside Live Nation’s other UK festival businesses, including Festival Republic.