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Music Venue Glasslands to Close After 8 Years in Williamsburg

By Serena Dai | October 21, 2014 12:44pm
 Music venue Glasslands announced Tuesday that it will close.
Music venue Glasslands announced Tuesday that it will close.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Homegrown music venue Glasslands is closing after the new year, it announced Tuesday.

The experimental music and art space at 289 Kent Ave. will host its last show on New Year's Eve, owners announced on the website's blog.

Glasslands opened in 2006, making it one of the first venues in Williamsburg to take advantage of former warehouse space in the area.

It has hosted comedians, theater groups, fashion shows and acts like MGMT, TV On the Radio and Bon Iver. among others.

"Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows," Glasslands wrote in its goodbye post.

"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."

Rumors that Glasslands would close had been circulating since news came out that media company Vice was moving to the area.

Glasslands co-owner Rami Haykal dismissed the rumors in July, but the venue ultimately went the way of fellow DIY space Death By Audio, which announced its closure early last month.

"We’ve got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever," Glasslands wrote. "Please come by and help us celebrate our final season. Goodbye for now, but not forever."