First, it was 285 Kent. Then in September, we received the unfortunate news that Death by Audio would be closing its doors. While we were all worried Glasslands would suffer the same fate, one of the last DIY venues on that stretch of waterfront in South Williamsburg assured us that they would hang in there.
— Glasslands (@glasslands) September 9, 2014
Sadly, it was not meant to be. This morning on their blog, Glasslands posted the unfortunate news that New Year’s Eve will be the venue’s last show. Afterward, they will close their doors.
There is still speculation that the closing of all these venues has to do with VICE Media’s presence in the neighborhood. They currently reside in a 60,000-square-foot building on the corner of South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue, and they also announced in September that they had received $500 million dollars in investment capital. Thus far, no one from VICE or the venues have commented on their possible participation in the closings.
Whatever the case, we will miss you Glasslands. Make sure you go out with a bang.
Read the farewell post from the Glasslands blog in its entirety below:
Dearest friends -
You’re probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we’ll cut right to the chase: this New Year’s Eve will be Glasslands’ final night of music.
When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent… we’re proud to have grown up in this place and time.
It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.
Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It’s impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.
We’ve got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.
Goodbye for now, but not forever.