An iconic Edinburgh music venue is set to double its capacity with the opening of a new warehouse venue and bar.
The Liquid Room, on Victoria Street, opened its doors in 1997 and hosted huge names such as Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Calvin Harris and many more.
A £1 million funding package through Barclays has allowed the plans to go ahead and the new venue is earmarked for a summer opening. It will operate independently from The Liquid Room,
Once open, the business’ operating footprint will have doubled to 1500m2.
Formally known as the Music box, The Liquid Room opened in 1997 and over 20 years has hosted live performances from the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, the Black Eyed Peas, Calvin Harris, Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini, Biffy Clyro and Gerry Cinnamon, as well as world renowned DJs such as Carl Cox, Sasha, Groove Armada and Deadmau5.
Owner John McWilliams said: “It’s an exciting time for the business and we hope that the additional bar will help us to attract new customers and high-profile partners such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival who were introduced to last summer.
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“Ongoing investment such as this will help to ensure The Liquid Room continues to be regarded as a go-to venue for music events in the capital and we’re looking forward to working closely with Barclays.
“With attractive loan rates and a hands-on relationship with a dedicated manager, it was clear that Barclays was the right fit for us.”
Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland at Barclays, said: “The Liquid Room is a name recognised all over Scotland for the high calibre of acts that the venue attracts, and we were pleased to be able to offer support for the business to progress redevelopment plans.
“With an approach to lending which focuses on building local relationships, we were able to rapidly assess the strengths of the business and understand the diverse offering, identifying the products and solutions best suited to The Liquid Room’s growth plans.”