The Boulevard is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
Our venue faces closure because of the detrimental effect that months of enforced closure followed by the 10pm curfew has had on our entire sector.
The Boulevard has been described as the local hub for Wigan's grassroots live music scene, incorporating strong live bands, regular tribute acts, DIY gig’s and international touring bands all playing alongside the best local talent. We have spent the last 14 years (almost) being proudly independent without any form of funding but we have come to a bridge that we cannot cross without your help - our loyal gig goers and musical creatives.
We are sorry to ask this of you and we don’t ask lightly. But we do so we can continue to exist within the 'new normal'. Prior to the pandemic we were a late night venue with a 400 capacity. In order for us to reopen in July we had to reduce our capacity to 100. Prior to the 10pm curfew being enforced we would open at 9pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends. We now open at 4pm every day except Saturdays when we open at 11am. Each time we open our doors we lose money but for the sake of our employees and our followers - we refuse to go down without a fight.
Your donations will be used to help cover the general running costs of the venue (rent & bills), protect our employees and enable us to continue with our live music programme which will ultimatly assist in protecting artists, musicians, promoters and sound engineers from experiencing hardship throughout this pandemic.
If we hit our target, and we can prevent the closure of our venue, everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours, right across the country.