The Wedgewood Rooms is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
The Wedgewood Rooms, also known as 'The Wedge' by locals, is a 400 capacity Independent Live Music Venue located in Portsmouth, England. Since 1992 we have regularly put on touring acts, comedians, club and tribute nights.
Our venue is one of hundreds currently at risk of closure because of the effects of Covid-19. During the early stages of the pandemic we took the difficult decision, for the first time in 27 years, to close our doors. We did this ahead of government intervention as we thought it was the most socially responsible thing to do. Something which we did for the sake of our staff and the public ahead of the lockdown instructions from the government.
Because of this we can no longer operate until that lockdown is lifted. While we have moved our entire Spring program into the Autumn there is still a lot of uncertainty around when lockdown will be lifted, what that will mean for us and if we will make it that far. We anticipate and accept our sector will be one of the last to reopen but this will sadly put a significant amount of financial strain and pressure on the building.
To combat this we are now part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust, to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues. Your donations will be used to fill the shortfall between the government grants, the staff furlough scheme, and our actual monthly outgoings when closed. We would also like to support some of the freelance staff who fall between the cracks of government help.
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.
Any support during this difficult time will be greatly appreciated.
Stay in, stay safe, Team Wedge x