Nightlife entrepreneur Alex Proud is preparing to open two new venues in London after deciding to close his Camden nightclub after 17 years.
Proud Camden in Camden Stables Market is due to shut on March 4 to allow Alex to focus on new ventures elsewhere in the capital.
His first new site will be called Proud Embankment, located underneath Waterloo Bridge, followed by a new Proud venue in Camden High Street.
Alex said: “After more than 17 years at the Stables Market in Camden, and having been part of the transformation of a town that is now thriving with visitors from across the globe, we have decided to move on.
“I’m dedicated to keeping the Proud venues fresh and we have found two new venues which will open in due course.
“This is another chapter in our story, but I do think it’s a sad one for Camden to lose a venue with such a rich musical heritage.”
The Proud Camden name was established in 2001 when Alex moved his art gallery to a site within Camden Stables Market. In 2006, he relocated it to its current location in a 200-year-old former horse hospital.
He continued to develop the site throughout its tenure, creating a multi-faceted entertainment experience incorporating a roof garden and bar, art gallery, live music hall and pioneering cabaret restaurant all on the same site.
During 10 years of curating diverse events, from exhibitions to live music, as well as multi-genre DJ events and award ceremonies, Proud Camden has welcomed performances from stars such as Sting, Jarvis Cocker, Ray Davies, Florence & The Machine, Moby and Coldplay. It was also the location of Ed Sheeran’s first live performance.
A series of farewell parties is planned including a fundraiser for the Night Time Industries Association on February 28. Click here for details.