The Fly magazine closes after 15 years

The free music monthly, which is owned by promotor and venue owners MAMA Group, is to cease publication.

Foals at the Fly Awards 2014

In a statement, MAMA Group said: "After nearly 15 years of pioneering new music journalism, the owners of The Fly are officially closing the magazine as a result of current market conditions surrounding publishing."

"We offer gratitude and wish well all the staff and contributors that have allowed us to deliver the UK's longest serving monthly free sheet. To the multitude of artists and musicians that have graced our covers, the advertisers and sponsors who have supported us and our loyal readers, we salute you.

Originally a free listings paper given out in bars in North London, The Fly launched their first award show last month at the Kentish Town Forum, featuring performances by Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors and Wild Beasts, with appearances by Thurston Moore and Foals.

Editor JJ Dunning has now taken over ownership of the name, which hints that the title may live on in some capacity.

MAMA Group says: "We wish him luck in taking the brand forward."

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