The Luminaire

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The Luminaire
Air Traffic at the Luminaire in 2007
Address311 Kilburn High Rd
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°32′39″N 0°12′04″W / 51.5442°N 0.2010°W / 51.5442; -0.2010

The Luminaire was a live music venue on Kilburn High Road in north west London, UK. It opened on 1 March 2005 in what was a nightclub called Late, above McGovern's Pub and The Kilburn Bar. Its last public show was 9 March 2011. Student apartments now occupy the space.

It was co-founded by John Donnelly, a publican and property developer from Ireland, and Andy Inglis, a Scot and artist manager.

The venue name was inspired by a bar called Lit, in the Lower East Side, New York City. It was voted as Time Out Magazine's London Venue of The Year in 2006[2] and as Music Week's UK Venue of The Year in 2007,[3] primarily because of its positive attitude to both artist and audience.[4]

In a newsletter in November 2010, The Luminaire announced their closure saying that "It's been a labour of love for a while now, and at this point it makes no sense for us to continue."[5]


  1. ^ a b Tom Goodwyn (25 November 2010). "London's Luminaire venue to close next month". NME. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Drowned in Sound — News — Luminaire is voted best London venue". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
  3. ^ Music Week — Music Week Awards winners announced
  4. ^ Music Week — Venue Profile: The Luminaire
  5. ^ Rob Sharp (26 November 2010). "The toughest gig in town". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2023.