Sheffield Venues Campaign to #SaveOurVenuesPosted by: Claudia Downs
The Leadmill and The Mulberry Bar and Venue are campaigning to protect their venues from closure, during the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.
Save Our Venues is a national campaign, launched by Music Venue Trust to support grassroots music venues by raising awareness and funds. So far, the campaign has raised over £1,000,000 to support independent venues, from Cornwall to Scotland and everywhere in between.
The campaign is encouraging music lovers to ‘Adopt a Venue’, by donating to a specific venue’s individual fundraising campaign. Alternatively, supporters can donate to the national #saveourvenues Crowdfunder campaign.
The campaign also encourages people to organise 'watch parties' on Facebook, to promote at home shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. More shows are being added all the time to the ‘at home’ events page, so check back regularly.
In Sheffield, popular music venues The Leadmill and Mulberry Bar and Venue have joined the campaign.
Staff at The Leadmill show their support of the campaign
"We're so proud to be part of an organisation that helps to support UK Music Venues - as an independent grassroots music venue their guidance is invaluable, especially at this time!" says Sam Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill. "It's been truly humbling to see the outpour of support from our wonderful customers during this time.
"We're not alone in this and there are hundreds of venues across the UK that face closure, so we made the choice to split the money from our Crowdfunder: 50/50 between us and the Music Venues Trust, in order to help out on a national level as well as a local one."
To help with their fundraising efforts and entertain locals, the Leadmill have been putting on livestreams of popular club nights such as Club Tropicana and Sonic, as well as at-home shows. APRE will play on Wednesday 6th May, and George Waite of disbanded local group The Crookes will be returning to play their hits on Friday 8th May.
"Without these venues, the opportunities for artists and audiences to connect in a meaningful way at a local level will disappear in a lot of cases," says Sam.
Fee Poole, owner of The Mulberry Bar and Venue on Arundel Gate, says, "We are the oldest live venue in Sheffield and have been going for over 100 years. In these difficult times we are extremely concerned about going out of business.
"We are offering free gig and club night tickets for small donations, as well as merchandise, gold and platinum cards for free gigs for the year, band rehearsal space, and even lifetime discount cards. We want to give something back to the people who help us.
"The donations will cover staff that we were unable to furlough, offer financial help for DJs, engineers and crew, and help us pay the rent for our venue. If we hit our target, it will be a massive help to protect other venues just like ours, right across the country."
You can donate to the campaigns here:
Find out more at saveourvenues.co.uk.