The Columbo Group takes over leading London music venue


Steve Ball

The Columbo Group is continuing to expand its portfolio of London bars, restaurants and nightclubs with the acquisition of live music venue The Barfly.

The venue in Camden, which combines a bar and nightclub with live music, will continue to operate in its present form with an ambition to restore it to its former glory.

Led by CEO Steve Ball (pictured), The Columbo Group has acquired The Barfly from leading live music specialist Mama & Company which has operated it since 2002.

Dating back to 1996 when it was created at the Falcon pub in Camden, The Barfly has been at is current site in Chalk Farm Road since 2000. Long known to many as a staple on the gig circuit, it has featured the likes of Coldplay, Blur, Oasis, The Strokes and The Libertines, as well as many up-and-coming acts.

The Columbo Group is also about to relaunch renowned music venue The Jazz Café on May 24 after acquiring the site from Mama & Company in January. It is also due to run its first London music festival, SunFall, in Brockwell Park on July 9.

The latest acquisition brings the group up to 10 sites which also include The Blues Kitchen bar-restaurants, Phonox, The Nest, XOYO, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green and The Old Queen’s Head.

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