ONE of Penarth’s most popular live music venues has8 made a shock announcement.

The owner of The Albion has announced the venue is closing.

Mark Pearson ran The Albion on the corner of Glebe Street and Salop Street for five years, with bands coming from all over the country to gig at what was a very highly regarded venue.

In fact, it was so popular Mr Pearson told the Penarth Times that bands would give him discount for the opportunity to gig there.

Sadly though, this will no longer be the case.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Pearson said: “It’s with great sadness that I’ve been unable to negotiate a satisfactory deal with brewery company Marstons to keep The Albion going.

“I would like to thank the bands and regulars that supported The Albion over the last five years. We certainly had a great time.”

All gigs booked for 2023 have been cancelled.

Penarth Times:

Owner Mark Pearson didn't reach an agreement with Marstons

We reached out to Mr Pearson who said right now he is very emotional and he’ll be taking some time off before deciding what to do.

“It is a sad day,” said Mr Pearson. “It’s sad for live music. The pub was all about live music.”

Mr Pearson reminisced about the extraordinary lengths bands would go to to play at The Albion.

“I was very lucky,” said Mr Pearson. “The bands liked coming to gig here. Some of the bands would charge £1,000 to gig, but they never charged me anything because they liked Penarth so much.”

Penarth Times:

Mr Pearson now has one week to move out

Having rented the premises off Marstons, Mr Pearson says he now has one week to move out.

He paid a glowing tribute to everyone that helped The Albion be such a success.

“Thank you very much for all you support,” said Mr Pearson. “I could not have done it without you. I could not have done it without the support of the bands or the regulars.

“I wish you all good health and happiness, keep supporting Live Music.”