With hospitality venues across the UK fighting to stay afloat due to the COVID-9 pandemic, the latest Government 10pm early closing rule is hitting them hard. In an effort to fight back Magoos – Henley’s renowned local late-night venue is going back to its roots with the return of live music. Starting this Thursday (8th October) and running every night Thursday-Sunday from 6pm.
It was 16 years ago when Magoos opened with live music twice a week, it ran for over 10 years. Magoos owner Laurence Gordon Wilson said, “We’ve had some amazing talent passing through, not just local legends but (believe it or not) Ed Sheeran. We became synonymous with live music in Henley so we want to help and support in any way we can, these guys are having a tough time right now and we need to pull together somehow.”
Laurence continues, “The very least we can do is give the musicians a stage, we’re also going to have busking pots dotted around so that customers can show their appreciation. I’m delighted to be working with JJ at Eight Ray Music who also played at Magoos for over 10 years.”
JJ from Eight Ray Music said, “We are super excited to be joining forces with Magoos who have been a huge part of supporting live music and local young talent in Henley. Our musicians have been struggling for months during this pandemic. We feel that giving them a stage to perform live so they can do what they love during such a difficult time, will really help with their mental health. Please come and support the live music and hospitality industries by joining us at Magoos Thursdays – Sundays.
Laurence adds, “We have to close at 10pm so we’ll be starting early with a different gig every night from 6pm. We’ll also have 3 for 2 deals on Pizza or Cocktails too so it’s set to be a cracking night out and a perfect way to bring everyone safely together.”
“Naturally, we will be a COVID-safe venue and we’ll be taking all appropriate measures to ensure all staff and customers are safe, booking is advisable and restricted to six people maximum.”