The Sir George Robey
|Sir George Robey|
The pub standing derelict and roofless, in July 2008
|Former names||The Clarence Tavern|
|Address||240, Seven Sisters Road|
|Town or city||London|
The Sir George Robey was a mid-19th century public house and later a music venue on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, North London, England. Formerly called The Clarence Tavern, it was renamed in honour of the music hall performer Sir George Robey (1869–1954) in 1968.
During its time as a music venue, artists who performed at the Sir George Robey include Bad Manners, Billy Bragg, Carter USM, Desmond Dekker, Fairport Convention, Gong, Hawkwind, Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, Ralph McTell, and They Might Be Giants. Blur's Damon Albarn recalled:
That was right at the start of Blur. Graham [Coxon] and Alex [James] were still at Goldsmiths so we were just doing our first gigs. First on the bill at an indie all-dayer at the George Robey pub in Finsbury Park which meant we were on at eleven in the morning and just got pissed for the rest of the day, taking advantage of the beer coupons.
Live albums recorded at the venue include Steve Marriott's Packet of Three's "Live at the Sir George Robey 23-10-85". The pub also hosted punk and ska all-nighters, and 'Club Dog' acid-house nights.
Despite being locally listed, the building was demolished in 2015, after a period standing derelict, during which it was occupied by squatters and had its interior fittings and floors removed. As of April 2018, the site is still vacant.
The fictitious venue The Harry Lauder in Nick Hornby's book Fever Pitch was based on The Sir George Robey. Near the end of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting the characters Sick Boy and Begbie visit The Sir George Robey.
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