Over 6,000 people have signed a petition to safeguard Mandela Hall amid fears for its future.

The demolition of the music venue is one of a number of proposals being considered by the university.

The hall and three other bars (the Speakeasy, Bunatee and Bar Sub) would then be replaced with a Student Centre.

QUB sparked huge concern after announcing they are considering a £24m development on an 11,000 metres-squared site.

It has placed a tender for an architect-led design team for an integrated student centre.

Mandela Hall

“The project will redevelop the existing Students’ Union site to provide a new purpose-built integrated student centre which addresses the identified accommodation needs, providing a stimulating and engaging environment for the undergraduate and postgraduate student population,” a statement read.

However, students and fans of the venue have reacted by launching a campaign to save the venue.

An online petition has already received nearly 3,000 signatures.

And those who spent time at the Mandela Hall through the years have taken to social media to vent their frustration.

In 1997 Radiohead were on the cusp of becoming the biggest band on the planet but held a warm-up gig in the intimate Mandela Hall to try their new material with a small number of lucky fans.

Since then the venue has been synonymous with live music.

A Change.org petition said: “A campaign to save Mandela Hall (and it’s sister venues The Speakeasy, Bunatee Bar and Bar Sub) – some of NI’s most iconic music venues and student entertainment hubs – from potential demolition by the management of Queen’s University Belfast as part of a new proposal to be replaced with a ‘Student Centre’.”

Mandela Hall

“All without prior consultation with the student body (please feel free to voice your displeasure to su.president@qub.ac.uk), whom this decision will affect the most – as well as tens of thousands of event attendees across a multitude of genres from all over Northern Ireland and beyond.”

“Not only does this decision (if it goes ahead) deprive QUB students and Belfast as a whole of such a renowned event venue – it threatens hundreds of jobs within the Students’ Union and it’s venues.”

“Please support us to prevent the possible closure of a venue that has hosted massive student club nights, comedy shows, DJ sets, live concerts and everything in between by some of the biggest names in the business.”

Check out the petition at change.org, or follow SaveMandelaHall on Facebook for updates .

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