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Shepherd's Bush Empire to stay closed until April

The historic venue closed suddenly before Christmas and had hoped to reopen 'within weeks'

The O2 Empire in Shepherd's Bush is one of the top nightlife spots in west London

The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire will remain closed until April while emergency repairs take place on its roof.

The famous music-venue closed unexpectedly on December 4, hours before The Courteeners were due to take to the stage, leaving punters angry and frustrated .

Academy Music Group (AMG), which owns and operates the venue in Shepherd’s Bush Green, had originally said the Grade-II building would re-open within weeks .

But on Thursday (January 7) it said: “Following further inspections, structural engineers have advised that works to the roof structure will extend into March 2016.

“The repairs require propping the roof from inside the main auditorium and we are working with independent experts and advisors to complete this maintenance as quickly as possible.

“We are sorry that these extended restoration works mean that further shows up to 31 March 2016 will either be moved to other venues in London or rescheduled as necessary.

“Once again, we thank artists, promoters and fans for cooperation and patience and wish to reassure everyone that safety is our priority.”

Among the acts affected are They Might Be Giants, The Coral and The Wonder Stuff.

AMG say anyone with ticketing enquiries should contact their point of purchase please.

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