The iconic Webster Hall is right on pace to close its doors this month as it undergoes a management shift and large-scale demo project. While the venue has a long history of hosting some of music’s most celebrated artists, from Frank Sinatra to Prince, Webster has also become a landmark for New York’s flourishing electronic music scene, hosting the Northeast region’s most iconic dance shows.
To celebrate such a momentous occasion, Webster Hall has billed none other than dubstep pioneer, OWSLA label head, and perhaps the very face of EDM, Sonny “Skrillex” Moore to headline the final “club night,” this Saturday, August 5th. The show was announced on August 1st, with line-up support from Ekali, Deux Twins and yet-to-be-named “special guests,” which with Skrillex, is sure to mean a posse of dance music heavy hitters from across the generic spectrum.
According to documents filed with the Manhattan Community Board, Webster Hall will reopen sometime between 2019 and 2020 as a new AEG owned-and-operated sports and entertainment venue, Spectrum Hall. Still, industry tastemakers and media critics — indeed, even the venue’s booking agents — are penning this time “the end of an era” for music.