Looks like another Williamsburg venue is closing up shop. Following last month’s news that Death By Audio would be closing in November, Glasslands — which is right around the corner from DBA — has announced that they will be shutting down as well. In a post on their website today, they said that their last show will be on New Year’s Eve. Glasslands opened in 2006 and quickly became a staple on the Williamsburg waterfront, surrounded by a once-burgeoning strip of concert venues, most of which have been shuttered or have moved further inland. Known for an eclectic and diverse roster and notoriously shitty lighting that made it really hard to snap a good photo, it was one of the good ones. Stereogum even hosted a number of shows there over the years, including for CMJ 2011 and 2012. Rest in peace. Read the venue’s full statement 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.