Edinburgh’s Electric Circus is to close at the end of March.

The Market Street venue was already set to shut down due to the Fruitmarket Gallery’s planned expansion – but last orders were projected for around two years in the future.

However, those in charge of the club have now said that the will now close on 25 March.

The planned expansion of the gallery next door, like the gig venue housed in a council-owned building, was announced last year.

Over its seven years the club has hosted a wide range of acts on its mirrored stage, transcending its handicaps such as the weirdly-shaped club space and the constant walkthrough of karaoke clientele, to become a major stap on the gig circuit for the likes of Roddy Woomble, The Twilight Sad, Mystery Jets, Art Brut, The 1975 and Mariachi El Bronx. It also hosted is this music?’s 10th Anniversary show with ballboy and We Were Promised Jetpacks, though that’s maybe more a personal thing.

On the Electric Circus Facebook page, a statement read: “It is with a very heavy heart that Electric Circus has decided to close.

“We would first like to say the biggest thanks to all of you; to the staff who have worked with us past and present, to all the promoters and bands we have had the pleasure of hosting over the past seven years.

“To the incredibly loyal customers, from karaoke, club and gig-goers – without you we wouldn’t be here today, you have all been a joy.

“The decision to close was not an easy one but we feel that due to the recent news regarding the eventual closure of the venue and the expansion of the Fruitmarket Gallery we feel, as a business it is best if we go out with a bang.

“Our last day of business will be Saturday 25 March and we hope that over the next few weeks we will see lots of familiar faces come down to celebrate the last days of Electric Circus.”