The Electric Circus club in Edinburgh is set to close, as the Fruitmarket Gallery next to its Market Street home is looking to expand into the EC’s space as part of a £11 million revamp.
Edinburgh City Council – at the heart of most club closures in the capital – has ok’ed the expansion plan. The council owns both the buildings in question and has given the go-ahead for the gallery to take over its neighbour when the club’s lease ends.
However, it’s believed that the club’s owner have long been planning to sell up, having little interest in the music side of the business.
The venue has seen many small local acts pass through its doors, as well as higher profile acts including the likes of Roddy Woomble, The Twilight Sad, Mystery Jets, Art Brut and Mariachi El Bronx grace its mirrored stage.
The latest closure is the latest blow to the city’s ailing music industry, which has seen the likes of The Picture House on Lothian Road recently close its doors, in a series of closures of high-profile venues over the last couple of decades, stretching back to The Venue, The Cas Rock, Tap o’ Laurieston, Attic, Subway, The Hive, and many more.