The Highline Ballroom, a longtime New York City concert destination, will soon close its doors for good. After hosting countless concerts in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District over the last ten years, the venue’s owners have decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. Details on specific closing dates have yet to be announced.
According to a statement from venue owner Steve Bensusan:
Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building. This is obviously a growing trend within the New York real estate market impacting various entertainment venues and businesses.
We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon.
In the meantime our final show date and programming will be announced shortly.
We have been very fortunate to present some of music’s biggest names in a small club atmosphere; Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Roots and so many more have performed on the stage at Highline Ballroom. It is a shame that we have to close our doors, though we are grateful for the support we have received from fans and artists over the years in making the original Highline Ballroom location a truly unique experience.
Steven Bensusan, Owner, Highline Ballroom
Highline Ballroom is the latest in a recent string of NYC venues to shut their doors, including OUTPUT at the beginning of this year, B.B. King’s last year, American Beauty at the beginning of 2018, and more. You can see the schedule of remaining shows at the Highline Ballroom here.
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