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Disappearing London landmarks: The Astoria Theatre is missed and reminisced

Posted at 10:00 am, May 23, 2011 in Music & Nightlife

© Time OutEvery time we walk past the building site where the old Astoria stood we get a bit teary – which, given the close proximity to Time Out Towers means we’re emotional a lot. As central London’s premiere music venue, the Time Out music desk experienced a slew of memorable moments within its grimy walls. Sharon O’Connell was lucky enough to catch Nirvana on the ‘Nevermind’ tour and Alexi Duggins has fond memories of seeing …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead encouraging the crowd to kick the crap out of their bass. Kate Hutchinson was excited about slipping backstage at Incubus and Kim Taylor Bennett nearly died of adrenalin overload when Green Day pulled her onstage to play guitar with them. Plus our Gay & Lesbian Editor Paul Burston has fond memories of seeing Donna Summer and Cyndi Lauper at weekly club night GAY. Check out this incredible time-lapse video – a bird’s eye view of the Astoria’s demolition – and raise a pint of cider as it’s levelled to the ground for the sake of Crossrail.

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