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New York’s Highline Ballroom forced to close next month

Thankfully, plans to re-locate the venue are afoot...

It's been announced that New York venue Highline Ballroom will be forced to close next month.

The news comes after the lease for the 700-capacity Manhattan venue - long known as an artistic hub in the Chelsea area of the  city - was not renewed.

The venue's owner, Steven Bensusan, said, “Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building."

But Bensunan has stressed that plans are afoot for new premises for the venue. “We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options," he said. "We hope to be able to announce our plans soon.”

In December, it was revealed that New York nightclub Output, synonymous with Brookyln's underground electronic scene, is to close after its building has been sold for $7.4 million.

Earlier this month, it was announced that renowned NYC venue Webster Hall will reopen in the Spring.