Hertford Marquee Club has closed

Submitted on Fri, 12/06/2009 - 9:50am

The live music venue, Hertford Marquee Club, on Railway Street closed on the 6th June 2009. Big names have played at the venue including Graham Coxon, Dirty Pretty Things and The Macabees.


It is always sad to hear that a local business has gone bust, but it is tragic when a venue shuts which was much more than a business venture, The Marquee was a social centre for young people, especially the under 18s.


Being under 18 in Hertford can be difficult. Like many UK suburban towns, Hertford’s nightlife revolves around bars and pubs that are inaccessible to teenagers. Not so many years ago, I was a teenager in Hertford constantly having the problem of having no where to go with my friends in the evening, sitting on a park bench was very depressing! Like many teenagers, I was really into music and I loved going to gigs. The Marquee was fantastic, I could legally meet up with my friends and listen to live music. The Marquee Club should have been a success.


Losing The Marquee will undoubtedly have a negative affect on garage bands in Hertford and the surrounding area. The venue allowed bands to play in front of an audience for the first time. Having a live music venue in an area is important for local musical talent. Hertford has had some famous musicians grow up here, including members of Depeche Mode and the death metal band Cradle of Filth. We can only hope that the closure of this venue will not affect the success of local musicians.


Hertford Marquee Club was undoubtedly an important place for young people in Hertford. There is currently a Facebook group entitled ‘Re-Open the Marquee’ with 513 members. Hertford desperately needs a social place for young people to go, skate parks and youth clubs are great but they are not enough. We hope that the local councils will rise to the challenge and properly invest in safe places for young people to socialise.

26/05/2010 - 14:22 by Anonymous

Lots of under 19's gigs for young people in Herts happening nearby


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