You've heard all the rumours but now its for real. Jeremy Joseph has finally decided to move G-A-Y out of the Astoria, due to the very rumours and the uncertainty they cause. Here what he wrote:
After a lot of thought & consideration, choosing to follow my head rather than my heart, it saddens me to announce that G-A-Y is to leave the Astoria after over 15 years of being there 4 nights a week.
I'm not going to lie & pretend I'm not upset about leaving a venue that has been part of gay history & my life but I feel it is the right decision for the future of G-A-Y
The main reason why I have come to this decision is because I need to take control of the future of G-A-Y & with there being so many rumours about the future of the Astoria & to be honest not knowing what the truth is, with different versions from Cross rail, the owners & the GLA, I've decided that it is time for me to take control of what G-A-Y does next, I want to leave the Astoria on a high rather than watching the venue fall apart with no money being spent on it or guessing when the building is to be bulldozed
G-A-Y will be giving up Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays first with the last one being on Fri 13th June. How apt ending on Friday 13th.
G-A-Y will continue to run Saturdays until I can find a suitable act to go out with a bang with. Having said that, who that act will be, I have no idea, as I want the last night to be about G-A-Y, not about the act.
So what is the future for G-A-Y, well priority goes to G-A-Y Bar & Late, & you will be seeing changes there including G-A-Y Late doubling in size, more details very soon.
The past 15 years have been an amazing journey & for all of those that have joined me on this route, I thank you & get ready for the next stage in the future of G-A-Y