Ronnie Scott's Is Ready To Throw Open Its Doors Again

Ronnie Scott's Is Ready To Throw Open Its Doors Again
The 'new' Ronnie Scott's has been in the same location since 1965. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Soho jazz and blues institution Ronnie Scott's has announced its reopening, in some welcome news for music fans, Soho fans, and fans of historic London institutions managing, somehow, to survive 140-odd days of vanished revenue.

Following the government announcement that indoor live music venues can reopen next month, Ronnie Scott's is set to be among the earliest to open doors again, with their first show kicking off at 7.30 pm on 1 August.

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The club's set-up gives them an advantage over many other London venues in adapting to Covid-safety regulations; the Jazz Age-style cabaret tables and booths, the table service and reserved seating, all already made it something nearer a restaurant than your average shoulder-to-shoulder gig venue in layout.

There'll be some changes, though. The club's reopening at 50% of its previous capacity, among other social distancing measures. Burgers and champagne will be served to newly installed outside seating, at the front of the venue. And so far none of the shows listed are for their late-late slots, the midnight starts that you used to rock up to at pub closing time, and spill out of in the cold pre-dawn.

Only about a week's worth of shows have been announced so far, among them Mark Kavuma's Milestones and More, a celebration of trumpet greats that have performed at Ronnie Scott's in the past, pianist Reuben James, and several shows from the Liane Carroll Trio.

Ronnie Scott's is reopening on 1 August.

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Last Updated 25 July 2020