#SaveOurVenues - Odd Frog

by Odd Frog in Barrow In Furness, England, United Kingdom

#SaveOurVenues - Odd Frog
We did it
On 23rd September 2021 we successfully raised £625 with 26 supporters in 28 days

We need your help in raising £15,000. This is the minimum amount we need to save our venue.

by Odd Frog in Barrow In Furness, England, United Kingdom

Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

An idea is born

Odd Frog was born back in 2018 out of myself and Andrew's passion for live music, good food, and great beer.

We first met at a local networking group, where we would talk about Morrisey, John Lennon, and how cool it would be to open a venue someday. Both musicians, with Andrew an award-winning chef, and me a hungry young entrepreneur with a sales & marketing background, believed that if we could combine an authentic restaurant experience with live music, it was surely a winner.


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Above: July 2018 - Andrew & I, outside Odd Frog on our opening night (following 48 hours without sleep and plenty of Elvis Juice.)


Getting Going

Our first 18 months of trading were extremely tough, but heading into the new year in 2020 we had reasons to be optimistic, having seen extremely promising signs of growth. We couldn't wait to get to July for Odd Frog's two year anniversary where we were planning a huge celebration with some incredible acts. 2020 was going to be our year.

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Above: July 2019 - What a line up at our one year birthday!

 

Covid

Then, the pandemic happened. 

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Above: March 2020 - Absolute panic during the period where the govt' told folk to stay at home yet wouldn't close pubs.


We were lucky enough to get some funding, which bought us time. When we re-opened after the first lockdown, we were just about breaking even, which was all the more impressive to us, considering we were operating at 25% capacity.


It was upon the introduction of local tiering that really scuppered things. Our already reduced capacity was halved again to around 10/15% and one week later we had to close due to a positive case with a member of staff.

Then, just as we were about to reopen, we went into the second lock-down and were forced to only operate our take-out side of the business.

1628510465_copy_of_untitled_(27).pngAbove: December 2020: Giving away all our booze in support of Furness Homeless Support Group

In early December we made the decision to close the business temporarily as we saw it as the best option financially for us to protect the business.

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The end?

On Friday we announced that we couldn't hold on any longer and, that we would be closing down. We have been taken back by the response, with so many kind messages of support and this is where we got the idea of a Crowdfunding campaign. 1628510187_copy_of_untitled_(26).png

The last 48hrs have been just insane with calls offering help - not least, our landlords - who've been in touch to offer us some support, should we be able to raise some funds on our end.

We realise there are many causes and businesses out there that are far nobler than our little music venue, but if you can spare anything towards this campaign we may just have a chance of pulling off a miracle.

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Respawn

Alongside this campaign, we're holding a gig at The Forum to raise funds. Check out the website for more information!

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How you can help

We need to raise £15,000 in order that Odd Frog isn't stripped out & sent to auction.

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I sincerely thank you in advance for anything you can give to support us.


Jason, Andrew & Lisa
#saveoddfrog #saveourvenues

1628511350_20180430_120805.jpgAbove: May 2018: Andrew, Lisa & I - signing the lease to take over 121-123 Duke Street.

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Above/Below: April 2018: Building the Odd Frog stage!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

£100 Reward - A Year's Grass Roots Membership

Get points each month to exchange for ticketed night & get a free drink on your birthday!

£25 or more

£25 + drink

If you'd be so kind as to pledge £25, we'll give you a drink* in return when if we re-open. *Any drink under the value of £6

£35 or more

£35 Reward - Ticket to Respawn & free drink

If you'd be so kind as to pledge £35, we'll give you a free ticket to Odd Frog: Respawn - plus a drink* in return when if we re-open. *Any drink under the value of £6

£200 or more

£200 Reward - Lifetime Grass-Roots Membership

Get points each month to exchange for ticketed night & get a free drink on your birthday! FOREVER! PLUS we'll put your name up on a wall of fame, forever showing our gratitude

£500 or more

£500 Reward - Bottomless aft' for 4 + wall of fame

Pledge £500 and we'll serve you and three others, food & drinks until you burst! - Between 2 and 6pm on your chosen day when we re-open PLUS we'll put your name up on a wall of fame, forever showing our gratitude

£10,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£5000 Reward - Private Party for 100

Yes that's right, you and your 99 friends and family can have the place to yourself with food, drink & live act included. 7pm - 12am. PLUS we'll put your name up on a wall of fame, forever showing our gratitude

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