As you'll all be aware, the long term future of grassroots music across the globe is extremely at risk from the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and last week The Cluny closed it's doors for the foreseeable future...
For two decades now The Cluny has been at the forefront of bringing new live music to the North East. We have been lucky enough to have hosted the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Sam Fender, Ed Sheeran, Solange, Mumford & Sons, and many more, in the early stages of their careers, whilst also keeping our fingers well and truly on the pulse in terms of more left-field, alternative music, across a huge range of genres.
Since 2017 we have been a fully independent venue and in 2019 won the 'Best Live Music Award' category, voted for by the public, in the Evenging Chronicle's 'Newcastle Loves' awards.
"ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VENUES FOR BREAKING NEW BANDS IN THE REGION" - (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
The Covid-19 crisis is hitting independent venues the hardest - and now we may be at real risk of closing our doors permanently.
Despite several Government provisions having now been put in place to help cover or freeze many of our outgoings, we are now in a position where we still have to make payments to several suppliers, many of whom are small local businesses, as well as having to continue to pay rent and insurance on our premises during a time when we have absolutely zero income.
Raising funds is essential for us to be able to keep on top of our outgoings during this time of uncertainty. If funds aren't raised we could be at serious risk of indefinite closure.
This is where you come in....
Our plan, for when the world returns to some semblance of normality, is to programme FOUR weekend 'COMEBACK GIGS' to celebrate our return in the best way we know how. These events will be multi-band, cross-genre, all-day gigs featuring some of our favourite local bands and more established, higher level 'Friends of The Cluny'. Obviously lineups and dates are to be confirmed, but hopefully our proven track record over the last 20 years will give you enough of an idea of what to expect.
Most importantly, you will be there as part of our big celebration, and know you were truly a key part of our survival.
We need to make sure that all of our small suppliers, staff and bills are paid for during this period of enforced closure - if we can sell 1100 tickets for our big comeback gigs, then we’ll be able to pay this money in full, and make sure our staff are safe, our suppliers survive the crisis with us, and make sure our doors stay open for good.
We understand that Coronavirus is having a huge effect on everyone’s lives and many people’s livelihoods, so ask that only those who consider themselves to be in a financially stable position to donate.
Use the buttons on the right to buy a ticket that guarantees you entry to one of these all-day gigs and let’s celebrate our return together in style.
The Cluny means so much to us all, and any help and support you can offer us in this extremely uncertain time is vastly appreciated.
Thank you for supporting this campaign and see you all again very soon.
Until then, stay safe.
The Cluny x
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