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The Downtown in Farmingdale Closes | RIP

The Downtown in Farmindale

Without a fight, The Downtown in Farmingdale (Long Island, NY) just shut its doors forever…

King Diamond @ The Downtown in Farmindale “The club planned to announce the news Monday night in a mass e-mail. All concerts have been canceled, and refunds for tickets will be issued at point of purchase, according to one staffer. The owners declined to say why the club, which had booked shows through December, was shutting down.

‘It’s a tough business,’ says Dave Glicker, a former co-owner. ‘I know from operating for many years that insurance alone is almost cost-prohibitive. Especially when you’re hosting very aggressive rock and roll shows….’

…The Downtown was no CBGB, but it became a goal for up-and-coming local bands. It was clean, well-lit and boasted a fine sound system. ‘If you could headline there, regardless of whether you sold out, it was just a real milestone,’ says Shaun Cooper, bassist for Straylight Run. ‘It meant you were on your way.'” [Newsday]

* photo of King Diamond playing the club taken from the Downtown’s photo archives
* people are discussing the club’s closure at Punk News

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