Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett has announced details of his second live venue, Lafayette, launching in London early next year.
Lafayette @ Goods Way opens in the heart of King’s Cross in February 2020. It follows the success of Lovett’s first venture Omeara @ Flat Iron Square, and aims to revitalise London’s live music scene following a sustained period of grassroots venue closure.
The venue will be located just off Pancras Square and Granary Square, right in the heart of the King’s Cross area’s sustained rebuilding works, and set within the new Goods Way development.
Lovett said: “A few years ago I embarked on a journey into the unknown with family and friends and launched Omeara at Flat Iron Square. We weren’t entirely clear how to achieve what we ultimately wanted, but we definitely knew what it needed to be and why we were doing it.
“I have had some of my favourite and most memorable experiences in Omeara since it opened back in late 2016, and I truly believe that the experience it has provided both fans and artists is something so important to London’s venue landscape.
“It is with great pride that I can now share our plans to open Lafayette @ Goods Way which will be in the heart of King’s Cross, adjacent to Central St. Martins and Coal Drops Yard. I’m forever committed to pushing forward a new era of music venues that truly elevate people’s expectations of what that experience should be, and I believe London ought to continually strive to be at the forefront of the entertainment industry on a global stage, as the best city in the world. It’s still early days in the venue’s construction but, this time, not only do we know exactly what it will be and why we’re doing it, but we’re now extremely confident that we know how to deliver it too!”
Whilst the Kings Cross space undergoes extensive renovation works and the installation of a state of the art, sound-system, Lovett is keen to position Lafayette as more than simply a quality new gig venue, promising a wide array of programming, from regular, eclectic club nights to bespoke one-off events.
The venue will be booked by Communion, the same live promotions team who book all the live shows and club nights at Omeara.
Further details of Lafayette @ Goods Way will be shared soon, including the venue’s opening shows.