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100 Club denied listed status

By | Published on Tuesday 10 January 2012

100 Club

London’s 100 Club has had an application for Grade II listed status denied on the grounds that it’s not that great a club, and besides having the government save it wouldn’t really be in keeping with the spirit of punk movement that it is synonymous with.

A spokesperson for Minister For Tourism And Heritage John Penrose, who turned down the application, told The Telegraph: “There’s no denying the club’s place in British pop music history but in the end it’s only the stage and the signage that mark it out as being any different from any other basement club. [Also] I can’t help but feel that giving the cradle of punk rock listed building status would not be quite in tune with that movement’s driving spirit”.

The 100 Club faced closure last year amid rising rents on Oxford Street, but was saved thanks to a low key sponsorship deal with Converse.