T-Shirt Day Outside the Half Moon

On Friday 27 November, a group of local residents braved the damp weather to join the ‘Save the Half Moon’ campaign outside the Half Moon Pub on Half Moon Lane for an early morning photocall. To mark BBC Radio  6 Music’s #TShirtDay, people had been encouraged to dust off their favourite band t-shirt to help the campaign to raise public awareness of the rich legacy of live music at the pub.

Local resident, Stevie Russell pointed out that she was actually wearing the t-shirt of a band she had seen play at the pub. The group t-shirt photo was posted on social media and then retweeted by BBC Radio 6 Music.

Peter Blair, who is leading the 'Save the Half Moon' campaign said: “We wanted to use a fun occasion to make a serious point about the rich history of live music at the Half Moon. If you count an impromptu gig there by Frank Sinatra, then this stretches back to the 1950s.

The Half Moon pub in Herne Hill has been closed since August 2013. Its future as a pub and live music and entertainment venue is currently uncertain. Artists who have performed there in the past also include Frank Sinatra, U2, The Police and Paloma Faith, amongst a host of others.

You can also follow the ‘Save the Half Moon’ campaign on Twitter.