There was some sad news from New York this past week and it was announced that the iconic Roseland Ballroom is set to close it's doors in April next year. As one of the main venues in the city for electronic dance music, the Roseland Ballroom is set to see some of the biggest stars in dance music appear over the coming months, including Pretty Lights, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz and Big Gigantic on New Years Eve.
In a statement, a rep from the venue said, “The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated the Roseland Ballroom for over three decades. Managing Roseland has been a labor of love, which is why the owners have deferred major changes for all these years. Though final plans for the property will not be made until next year, redevelopment of the property is the likely outcome. Roseland will cease operations at the end of April 2014.”
Roseland originally opened in 1919 as a dance club at Broadway and 51st Street and then moved to its current location, which was originally an ice-skating and then roller rink, in the '50's. Holding approximately 3,200 people, the Roseland Ballroom has become a staple in New York nightlife and will be sorely missed.
It's a sad day indeed.
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