Time Out says: New owners DHP Family (who also run Oslo Hackney and the newly reopened Borderline in Soho) are behind The Garage's dramatic new look. Not only have they fitted a state-of-the-art lighting and PA system in the main room but the underused street-facing bar has cannily been spun into an extremely stylish coffee-shop-cum-cocktail-bar called General Store. read more
The Upcoming says: Highbury's legendary live music venue, The Garage, is reopening this spring with a sleek new look and three new spaces designed to appeal to the hardcore gig-goer and the casual passerby alike. No longer the sticky-floored and grotty locale that has been reeling in the crowds since the early 90s, The Garage now hosts The General Store, an all-day café serving coffee, craft beers, and cocktails. read more
The Guardian says: The Garage still feels like one of London's best club-sized venues. A refurbishment a few years ago…has uncovered a handsome arched roof that gives it a more spacious feel than it had in its low-ceilinged heyday. It's small enough to feel atmospheric, but big enough to create a rowdy and rousing atmosphere. read more
Music Week says: DHP Family has unveiled its transformation of The Garage in Islington at a launch night for the industry…In addition to refurbishing the 600-capacity main music venue and adding a brand new top of the range sound system, a daytime bar (The General Store) and a second independent 150-capacity live music space (Thousand Island) have been created. read more
London On The Inside says: The Garage in Islington is changing; it's been bought by the DHP family, who also own Oslo and Thekla in Bristol, and are giving the place a huge revamp. Not only are they giving the venue a bit of a facelift and putting in a brand new sound system, but they are also opening The General Store, an all-day bar on the same site. read more




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