LEGENDARY Newport music venue TJ’s is to close following the death of its manager John Sicolo, his daughter announced today.

All concerts in the club on Clarence Place had been postponed following Mr Sicolo's death at the age of 66 last month, but his daughter Leanne Jones confirmed today that after several meetings with solicitors the family could not afford to keep the club open and had decided to put it up for sale.

Before his death Mr Sicolo had been battling to save the club he managed for almost 40 years, after its finances were hit by the recession and the smoking ban.