It's so f---ing special...
RADIOHEAD, PULP, RIDE, SUPERGRASS, SAINT ETIENNE and NENEH CHERRY have joined the campaign to save Oxford’s top venue, the Jericho Tavern.
Radiohead and Supergrass will play a benefit gig sometime in December while the other bands have signed ‘Save The Jericho’ petitions.
The Tavern is due to axe live music in January to make way for a new £250,000 theme pub.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke told NME: “It’s completely f---ing daft. It’s really depressing. The Jericho Tavern is Oxford’s equivalent of New York’s CBGB’s. Without Jericho Tavern, we’d probably never have got started. We’ve got so many good memories of playing there or seeing great bands.”
Supergrass singer Gaz added: “It’s out of order, mate. Absolutely outrageous. It was one of the first places we ever played. Stopping bands is just taking the piss. People should do whatever they can to keep bands there.”
Jeremy Cox, who is organizing the Save The Tavern campaign, added: “The Oxford music scene will die without the Tavern. That was the breeding ground for bands like Ride and Radiohead and we’re determined to save it.”
Tavern manager Bob Woods added: “It would be a great shame to lose a venue like this. I’ve been here six years and it’s gone from strength to strength.”
More than 1,300 people have already signed the petition to save the venue.