A new venue for live music and club nights is to be opened in London later this year by Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons.
He has taken on the lease for the Omeara premises, a space within the new Flat Iron Square (pictured) in Borough in south London near London Bridge.
Having toured thousands of venues around the world, Ben is keen to create a premium venue with first-class facilities for touring acts and a high-quality experience for live music fans.
Ben is co-founder of live promotions and independent label Communion which will handle the venue’s bookings. He is also one of the owners of Givers and Takers bar in Brooklyn, New York City.
Ben said: “I’ve been playing and putting on shows in London for my entire adult life. Without the grassroots music venues in this city, the band and I simply wouldn’t have achieved what we have, so I have a lot to be grateful for.
“Over the last few years, London has lost so many of its brilliant music establishments and I want to do what I can to try and reverse that decline.
“It’s early days right now, and we’ve got plenty of hard work to do before we even open the doors to Omeara, but I’m extremely excited for its future and what it can do for London.”
The first of Omeara’s live bookings will be announced in September and will be using a new ticketing platform called Sky Tickets.
Omeara is a part of a new South Bank development called The Low Line which connects Waterloo with London Bridge via a pedestrian walkway lined with common spaces and local businesses.
Ben is working alongside London mayor Sadiq Khan who is highlighting the role of venues like Omeara within London’s wider nightlife and creative industries.
Sadiq said: “Growing London’s cultural sector is one of my core priorities, and this includes supporting grassroots music venues. These venues, which are the lifeblood of our music scene, are often under threat, so I’m delighted to see Ben Lovett opening an exciting new destination for live music fans.
“I know Omeara will be a massive success, helping fresh new talent to make their mark in the capital, and have their music heard.
“This type of initiative is exactly what the capital needs, especially at this time when I want to show that #Londonisopen to creative entrepreneurs like Ben, who are underlining London’s reputation as one of the best 24-hour cities in the world.”
The venue is currently undergoing extensive renovation works and the installation of a state-of-the-art high-quality sound system. As well as live music, it will have a wide array of programming, from indie club nights, to talk events, comedy, burlesque, magic and much more.
Ben added: “It has always shocked me how such an important global capital shuts down so many of its doors so early at night. There are thousands of people who don’t work to standard office hours, or have to work long, late hours. That shouldn’t mean they miss out on having some fun with their mates on the dance floor a bit later on in the evening.
“I hope Omeara can be a club that provides that, and celebrate the 24 hour nature of London that is impossible to ignore.”