Yes, I think it’s true. MAO Livehouse will be no more soon.
I first heard about the news a couple months ago from a pal and dismissed it, but then he brought me even more concrete proof.
We have a former colleague friend who owns a store across the alley (connecting Huai Hai and Kai Xuan Lu). She was getting ready for demolition and let us know about the situation. Her store is located just across the way from MAO LH.
It’s sad: one of the better mid-sized venues the only mid-sized venue in Shanghai will be closed.
I wouldn’t mind saying goodbye to SOMA, who have only soiled themselves when it comes to running a viable music enterprise in this town, but I love the venue that they run.
Maybe it’s god’s will that MAO Live is being demolished because they did not really take advantage of their unique position. They coulda been a contenda. I think October will be the service, if you would like to pay respects.
Who knows what happens then.