If you’re visiting NYC and looking for some recommendations on the towns nightlife, one of the first places to roll off almost any New Yorkers tongue will most likely be Webster Hall. The popular East Village nightclub is only open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night but it’s so large that it includes multiple venues for different events and hosts live concerts by several talented artists.
Although, what we’ve all known to be New York’s most legendary nightclub will no longer be the same. Its reps recently announced the building will be closing indefinitely to undergo renovations. Webster Hall will conclude with its last party on August 5th, followed by their last concert on August 9th. When the club reopens, it will be new and improved under brand new management.
“I highly recommend that you all stop by before the end of this era to pay your respects to [current owners] the Ballingers and the building for providing us with a lifetimes worth of memories,” said Webster’s current operator Gerard McNamee. “There are only 12 club nights left. Please come celebrate our rich 25-year history of being the biggest, baddest and longest running nightclub in the history of New York City.”
Check out a few legendary performances that took place at Webster Hall.
The group made a stop at Webster Hall during the North American portion of their worldwide tour in 2016, rocking out to some of their hottest tracks. The performance took place in front of a packed house, as tickets sold out immediately after they were available for sale. The team recorded the concert live, creating a set of three LP’s that offer soundtracks to their performance at their private show in the night club. Its vinyl’s are now available for sale on their website.
4) O.T. Genasis
Every Thursday night Webster Hall hosts their annual event called “House Party.” O.T. Genasis passed through and had the club on tilt, shutting down the Grand Ballroom to perform their hit single “I’m In Love With the Coco” in 2014. The crowd was hype and recited the lyrics along with the rapper.
New York rapper Desiigner had his city on lock in 2016 after releasing his hit “Panda.” So what better venue to perform the track than taking over the stage of one of the hottest nightclubs in his town, Webster Hall. The rapper held his own on stage, holding it down as the best performer and hype man wrapped in one, all while dabbing across the stage.
2) Bobby Shmurda
Brooklyn artist Bobby Shmurda signed a deal with Epic Records and in a matter of hours he was putting on one hell of a performance at Webster Hall. He took the stage with his bros as they all grooved and did their victory dance to the rapper’s hit record, “Hot Nigga.” All good vibes to celebrate probably one of his biggest accomplishment, marking approval that he’s made it.
1) Kanye West
Now everyone around the globe caught wind of this one. Mr. West was in the building and let it be known last year. Right after his set at Summer Jam, Kanye made his way to the East Village, hinting towards hosting a private show at Webster Hall via social media, due to the cancellation of his headline performance that weekend at the Governor’s Ball. About 4,000 fans came out and packed the streets, eager to see the man of the night perform tracks from his recent studio album, “The Life of Pablo.” The “block party” prevented the rapper from getting into the venue, but he made his cameo through the sunroof.
Oh yeah, their New Years Eve Ball and Halloween parties were always lit too!
New York’s going to miss you Webster Hall!