One of the most loved clubs and live music venues in Cape Town is shutting it's doors for the last time! 61 Harrington Street, better known as The Assembly, will drop its final beat on August 13th with a massive send-off party.
The club, which has been trading for almost nine years made the announcement on Facebook today with a simple image of the club's logo and the words "Final. 13.08.2016" written over it. They issued a heartfelt statement about some of the venues history.
They stated: "Final Assembly. 12 December 2007 – 13 August 2016. After nearly 9 years of being a part of the incredible cultural landscape of South Africa, this will be the last time we open the venue as you have come to know it. Love it or Hate it The Assembly has helped shape so much of our scene. Its given a platform to so many great talents and an environment for so many to appreciate these talents."
"To all of you that loved, laughed, danced, cried, hugged, fought, danced more, lost, cheered, high fived, played, stumbled, flirted, smiled, and danced again please join us for the last time on Saturday 13 August. Music by Yoh!, After Hours, Love All, Discotheque and more...No door charge. 61 Harrington as a venue has great new ownership who will no doubt have something exciting to offer the City of Cape Town in the future. From all of us at The Assembly...Thank You and Good Night."
The Assembly has hosted some of the best parties Cape Town has ever seen, including hosting Seth Troxler, Trevor Jackson, Dillinja, Mark Knight, Kongos, The Gaslamp Killer, DJ Premier, Public Enemy and much more. The venue also became the home of live and electronic music in Cape Town, hosting pioneers in the scene like Max Normal.Tv, Sweat X, Killer Robot and The Real Estate Agents, amongst others.
At this point, we can only hope that the new owners will put as much love and attention into the amazing space and return 61 Harrington Street to its former glory. The memories many Cape Townians have shared in that incredible club will forever be etched in our hearts and minds and the name "The Assembly" will become a legend in the Cape Town music scene. We bid you a heart-sore adieu but are excited to see the new club pave the way for the next generation of artists and party-goers.
[Image via theassembly.co.za]