A major music venue has closed.

It is the “end of an era” for musicians and fans, who responded with dismay to the news that Bar 1:22 on New Street shut its doors yesterday.

Many took to Facebook to express their sadness at the decision to shut the substantial popular venue which played host to hundreds of gigs of all genres during the 11 years it was open.

Happy Monday’s Bez, folk supremo Martin Carthy, Squeeze’s Nick Harper, dubstep act Submotion Orchestra, DJ Andy Kershaw, an Indian brass band, African music and numerous talented Huddersfield acts all took their turns on the stage, which also launched dozens of musical careers.

It was also renowned as one of the centre’s best alternative club night spots, most recently playing regular host to Paul Huxtable and Axis Sound’s reggae sessions, Junglism and electronic-inspired Sine Wave, as well as the long-standing Tuesday acoustic open mic.

Bez from Happy Mondays

Stephen Horton initially opened the venue as Bar 1:20 and upstairs bar and pizza place Bar Maroc, which will remain open.

A spokesperson for the bar announced it had ceased to function on its Facebook page but did not reveal why.

The note, read: “It’s with a very heavy heart we announce that Bar 1:22 has closed and will now cease to be.

“We have been the host of thousands of live music nights, acoustic clubs, parties, dnb nights, dub step raves and countless celebrations; there have been some wonderful memories and beautiful people involved over the years.

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“Thank you so much for being a part of one of Huddersfield’s most cherished and pioneering music venues.

“It has been a fantastic experience to be a part of and wouldn’t of existed without the energy and passion of Huddersfield’s musicians, djs and live music fans.”

Ruby Wood, lead singer of the acclaimed Submotion Orchestra, launched her career at the venue, where she performed with musicians in various guises.

Submotion Orchestra

She said: “It’s the end of an era. It’s really sad and such a shame.

“It was my stepping stone– everywhere needs a Bar 1:22.

“Stevo put in so much passion – it was welcoming of every type of music and it was a stage for all.

“I just wonder now what will happen to it and the young people who went there.”

The acoustic club is understood to have moved upstairs to Bar Maroc while Junglism and Sine Wave will host their next events at the re-opened Zetland, now branded as CrowdPleaser.

Music promoter Danny Sharp, who put on many recent gigs there under Slop Pop, was equally saddened.

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“Bar 1:22 was there right from the start of my journey and that of thousands more into great local live music,” he said.

“It has supported countless musicians, bands and promoters and has provided a platform for their creativity. It is truly sad to see it go and there will be a large void to fill in our scene.”

Live music fans added their memories.

Dariush Kanani said: “It will always be one of the most important places in my entire life. Thank you Bar 1:22.”

Lorna Boole, added: “Met my husband here, we were both in bands.

“We played here many nights, and made so many friends and memories.”

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