Support The Smokehouse During Covid-19

by The Smokehouse in Ipswich, England, United Kingdom


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 18th June 2020 at 11:38am

Help us support our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. A small donation from you could contribute to securing the future of our venue.

by The Smokehouse in Ipswich, England, United Kingdom

The Smokehouse has been moving from strength to strength since opening in October 2016. In those last three and a half years our venue has supported hundreds of artists from the region by offering a platform at the town’s only dedicated live music venue as well as showcasing bands from mainland Europe, the US and Australia. Not only does The Smokehouse operate as a music venue, during the daytime it is also used for many community projects. It provides a safe and engaging space for young people with additional needs and disabilities, adults with mental health issues and disabilities, and projects for vulnerable young people in our community.

We made the decision to close our doors on Monday 16th March, which not only meant a swathe of gig cancellations, but everything else shutting down on site, which involves many vulnerable people accessing our facilities throughout the week. Nearly everyone on site is self-employed so this was a difficult decision to make on all bases.

Currently, all gigs are either cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future (please check our website or facebook events for further details). We will be reviewing the situation on a week by week basis taking into account the government's advice.

We are so proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time. We regularly have bookings filling the calendar two to three months ahead, priding ourselves on offering a fully staffed venue to hire for just £50.  As well as supporting local promoters and artists we have built a reputation for booking touring artists from across the UK - some of whom are filling venues ten or twenty times the size of The Smokehouse but are supporting grassroots venues and in doing so are adding significantly to the town’s cultural offer and giving valuable evidence for our longer term goal to open a larger venue in Ipswich to provide the next rung up on the ladder.

All of this however has come to a standstill - we have cancelled and rescheduled many many upcoming gigs and the uncertainty around how long the closure will last has led to questions around how long we can maintain the venue. 

Culturally speaking, the loss of this platform for artistic expression and social space for like-minded people is a massive blow to the town.

Financially, the cancellation of these shows not only means a loss of income for the bands and promoters but also the loss of guaranteed income for our freelance staff including sound engineers, lighting operators, bar staff and administrators.

We have been fortunate to receive some government funding that will cover rent for the next few months but as a venue we rely on bar income not only for essential overheads such as rent, electricity and other services but to pay our freelancers and to support the growth of the venue.

These are difficult times across the whole industry, for venues, artists and promoters. There are venues across the world facing the same challenges as we are. We are facing an uncertain future after building such a strong reputation.

Without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support from all you gig goers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. 

This is why we are asking for your support.  A small donation from you could contribute to securing the future of our venue.

We will come back stronger!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

41 of 50 claimed

Name painted on the bar

Be remembered by thirsty gig-goers for helping your local music venue, by getting your name painted on the bar!

£10 or more

Virtual Round for our Staff

Donate £10 and we will ensure a tenner goes towards buying our staff a drink!

£10 or more

Digital Compilation Live at The Smokehouse

We have put together a compilation of a selection of live tracks from gigs at The Smokehouse, which you can purchase as a digital release on Bandcamp.

£10 or more

18 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Smokehouse Tote

Who doesn't love a tote? Limited edition small run of Smokehouse tote bags available.

£10 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Limited Edition Kulk Lino Prints

Limited edition A5 lino prints by Smokehouse regulars Kulk. The band are kindly donating 100% of proceeds to the venue! Cut from a piece of floorboard, then printed on canalona off white 180gsm.

£15 or more

14 of 50 claimed

Double LP (CD) Live at The Smokehouse

We have put together a compilation of a selection of live tracks from gigs at The Smokehouse, which is available to purchase as a double LP (CD), which includes bonus tracks!

£20 or more

32 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Smokehouse T-Shirt

Our first run of Smokehouse tees available to buy! You've seen them modelled by our wonderful staff, and now's the chance to add one to your own wardrobe.

£25 or more

6 of 60 claimed

Smokehouse Relaunch Gig

A gig to celebrate the re-opening of The Smokehouse! We'll have a special guest headliner supported by four of our favourite regional artists. We'll start things off right by giving you a free drink on entry. Date TBA.

£30 or more

10 of 30 claimed

Band on the Wall

Have your band name displayed on the wall of our venue for ever more, for the price of a rehearsal at Punch Studios. PLUS, Punch will match fund it by throwing in a FREE rehearsal!

£40 or more

8 of 30 claimed

Portrait drawn on the wall

Get your portrait painted onto the wall, drawn in a cartoon style by a local up and coming artist. Who doesn't want this!?

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Smokehouse 20/20 Discount Card

It's your round (again)! Enjoy a 20% discount on venue bar purchases and Smokehouse Presents tickets for a year. A small price to pay for making a whole load of new friends.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Venue Sponsor

Sponsor The Smokehouse for a year! Have your name/company/brand proudly displayed in a full colour vinyl wrap on the entrance to the venue which is used by hundreds of people each week.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stage Sponsor

Sponsor The Smokehouse stage for a year! Have your name/company/brand proudly displayed on our stage backdrop. This is visible not only to our venue audiences but thousands online through gig photography.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Goodie Bag (Tote/T-Shirt/Badges/Stickers/CD)

Smokehouse goodie bags available for all you merch heads. Includes Smokehouse tote, T-shirt, Live At The Smokehouse CD, badges AND stickers!

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Golden Ticket

A golden ticket gains you access to all Smokehouse Presents gigs for 1 year, including Independent Venue Week, as well as a ticket to Sound City Ipswich.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Back Stage Sponsor

Have the back stage green room renamed in your honour for 1 year, for all the bands to see! Plus, watch a Smokehouse Presents gig of your choosing from the side of stage!

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Smokehouse Bar Sponsor

Have the bar renamed after you in your honour for 1 year. This will include your name on our bar menus, as well as a lovely plaque in special place in the bar!

Let's make 'Support The Smokehouse During Covid-19' happen

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