The Engine Rooms is a rehearsal studio and grass-roots music venue complex based in Bow, East London. Since opening its doors in 2014 the venue has become a home away from home for countless musicians to allow their creativity to blossom.
Over the years our venue has played host to countless bands making a name for themselves including artists such as; IDLES, Goat-girl, Twin peaks, Heavy Lungs and many more.
Venues such as The Engine Rooms are vital to keep Britain's live music scene alive. Giving many of the countries brightest talents the opportunity to hone their craft, as well as giving the wider community access to a host of great performances and DIY music culture. Our venue is also particularly vital to the music industry as we are not only the first platform for many future stars, we are also their rehearsal facility! The Engine Rooms allows acts to create, rehearse and perform. However, the wonderful creative community we have built here is now at risk!
Following the recent announcement that current restrictions may remain in place for another 6 months, we are effectively unable to operate as music venue. This part of our business makes up a considerable portion of the income that allows us to keep the lights on and the music blaring. In addition to losing all of our music venue revenue, COVID restrictions have also impacted our rehearsal operation. The truth of the matter is, that if nobody is playing shows, no one is rehearsing for shows.
In August we were hit with another hammer blow. Having only just begun reopening our rehearsal facilities a leak from our roof (landlords responsibility) completely destroyed one of our studios, further impacting our ability to trade. To date the landlord (The Arch Co) has not fixed the roof meaning our insurer will not carry out the repairs.
As of August The Arch Co have withdrawn all rental support for us and now expect us to pay full rent and service charge. With the Government seemingly content on abandoning the industry, it appears no further help is coming.
So we've decided the only way to save The Engine Rooms is with ROCK N ROLL! From October we will be running a series of high quality live streams from our venue. These streams will highlight some of the amazing bands and artists that make up our community. The streams will be available completely free but we are operating a donation system through this crowdfunder campaign.
We know time are tough for everyone, but if you are able to spare a 'digital door fee' for one of the shows you will contributing to keeping one of London's best loved live music hubs rocking!