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Two new London music venues revealed as part of Outernet project

The Tottenham Court Road development will open this summer

By Will Richards

A render of the Outernet live music venue
Outernet (Photo: Press)

Two new music venues are set to open in central London this summer as part of the Outernet project in Tottenham Court Road.

One venue, titled HERE at Outernet, is the first live events venue to be built in London since the 1940s, while the second venue is situated on Denmark St on the site of the former 12 Bar. It will now be known as The Lower Third in tribute to Denmark St regular David Bowie.

HERE’s capacity is up to 2,000, while The Lower Third promises to “play host to a diverse entertainment program: live music, dance, comedy, immersive theatre, awards shows and beyond.”

The project has also appointed its programming team, with promoter and broadcaster Leo Green on board as Artistic Director. He said: “When this opportunity came along, it was simply too good to turn down. From a venue standpoint, this is the most exciting development that has happened to London’s Music, Arts & Culture scene in a very long time.The team at Outernet Live, that Robert, Karrie & Tristan have put together is tremendously exciting and I can’t wait to welcome all of the UK’s incredible Promoters, to both of our venues”.

Elsewhere, two new Electronic Music Directors – Nicolas Matar and Simon Denby – have also been appointed, with Matar saying: “I’m elated to be part of a new London venue.  As someone who was involved in the London scene since the early ‘90s, it feels like I’m coming home.”

Denby added: “I am really excited to be part of a cutting-edge venue in the heart of the city, that will bring dance music back to Central London after the loss of groundbreaking spaces like the End and the legendary Astoria. The vision at OUTERNET LIVE with HERE and The Lower Third is going to fill much-needed gaps for live and club shows both for developing the next generation of artists and top tier talent.”

Future shows at the HERE at Outernet venue include two November gigs from the UK’s 2022 Eurovision entrant Sam Ryder.