The Lock Tavern: Legendary Camden venue announces its final ever party

Jochan Embley
Locked down: Pull Tiger Tail perform at the Lock Tavern in 2007: Getty Images

The Lock Tavern has announced its final ever party ahead of the venue’s closure at the end of August.

The Camden institution, which has hosted the likes of Adele, Franz Ferdinand and Florence + The Machine in the past, has been sold to a new owner.

Its final shindig will come on bank holiday Monday (August 27) with a return of its infamous Blogger’s Delight party. The venue’s resident DJs, Casper C, Skull Juice and NikNikNik, will appear alongside Nadia Ksaiba, Filthy Dukes and a number of special guests who are yet to be announced.

Writing on Facebook, the Blogger’s Delight organisers said: “We’re not normally ones to look back, but the opportunity to play the final records at the venue was too good an opportunity to resist.”

They added: “We’ll be donning our Blogger’s hats one last time, and inviting some of our favourite previous guests to join us. You can expect pub grub, pear cider, questionable fashion choices and perhaps a few illegally downloaded MP3 classics.”

Opening as a so-called “rave pub” in 2005, the Lock Tavern became loved for its sweaty, raucous live gigs and wild club nights.

It is the latest name on the ever-growing list of closing London venues. Camden itself has been particularly hard hit — The Forge called it a day in April last year, Proud Camden disappeared this February and earlier this month, Her Upstairs closed its doors.