Kingston has a thriving arts and culture scene. Every month there are many and varied live music events, for people of all ages, from local bands to international touring artists. These events are provided without subsidy by tax-payers. The only 1000+ capacity venue which regularly houses live music events in Kingston, The Hippodrome, is under threat from redevelopment into shops and flats. I would ask the Mayor what representations he has made to Kingston Council to commit to retain this venue and to make his commitment to live music and concerts in Kingston clear to residents and potential developers.