Sad news for music fans in Cork this week as The Pavilion announced their immediate closure over social media today. The message that went out before noon simply stated ‘Thanks for all the good times. To our brilliant staff, all the bands, DJs and of course you. We know you loved the place as much as we did!’. The reason for the sudden closure is unclear but there has been an outpouring of sympathetic reactions from DJs, bands and music lovers from Cork and beyond.
The Pavilion was one of the few privately owned bars in Cork that placed music at the centre of their raison d’etre. The bar downstairs hosted resident DJs like Stevie G, Jim X Comet and Colm Kenefick, as well as monthly parties with the Sunday Times crew and Feel Good Lost. Formerly one of the oldest cinemas in Cork, the property also featured a mid-sized venue that attracted an eclectic range of live acts over the years including Lee Fields, the XX, Badbadnotgood, Candi Staton, Plaid, Richard Hawley, Beardyman, Todd Terje and even Kanye West popped in for a surprise appearance one night.
From house to electronica, hip-hop to rock, the Pavillion’s broadminded music policy served as a Mecca for local musicians. Its presence will be sorely missed in a city that is largely controlled by a small number of publicans owning the majority of the city centre pubs. Its individuality and support of local talent was a testament to the city. Who knows what’s to become of the premises. One can only hope that whoever takes it over will have the same passion for quality music as before.