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Petition launched to save iconic Belfast live music venue

Mandela Hall in Norther Ireland faces redevelopment as Queen's University Belfast announces plans to build a new Students' Union building

As originally covered in sister publication Music Week, an online petition has been launched opposing the redevelopment of Mandela Hall, one of Northern Ireland’s best-known live music venues.

Signatures have topped over 7,000 supporters who fear the 1,000-capacity venue, which has hosted acts such as Radiohead, Bastille and Jake Bugg, could be demolished after Queen’s University Belfast announced plans to build a new Students’ Union building, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

The petition states: “Please support us to prevent the possible closure of a venue that has hosted massive student club nights, comedy shows, DJ sets, live concerts and everything in between by some of the biggest names in the business.”

Upcoming shows at Mandela Hall include Jess Glynne, Wolf Alice, The Cult, Jamie Lawson, Peter Hook & The Light and John Grant.

The Students’ Union president Caoímhe McNeill said the redevelopment project was “very much in the early stages”, adding: “The conversation about the need for the redevelopment of the Students’ Union started back in 2011, based on feedback from our students in several of our annual student surveys.

“The feedback highlighted that our students want to see investment and improvements to the Students’ Union building.”