Due to the government’s latest advice to avoid non-essential gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to close our venues Village Underground & EartH until further notice.
Coronavirus is having an unprecedented, rapidly escalating, and extreme impact not only on our business, but also on our peers within the nighttime industry such as bars, pubs, music venues and clubs; arts, culture and heritage spaces; and beyond.
It goes without saying that we are devastated at the effect this is having on independent venues and our thoughts at this time are particularly with our partners with whom we work closely: artists, performers, and freelancers; agents and promoters; and community leaders. Plus, not to forget, other venues that are in a similar position to ours.
Our focus right now is on protecting the future of both venues, doing our best to help the livelihoods of our staff, and also protecting the future arts and music culture in London. All businesses affected such as ours have been forced into financial insecurity and the future is uncertain for all of us.
With this in mind, we have set up this fundraising page to collect donations which, whether large or small, will help us continue to operate once this unpredictable period is over.
Alfa Mist performs at EartH Theatre on 3 March 2020. Photo by Wyatt Dixon.
Andrew Weatherall at Village Underground in 2016. Photo by Antonio Cavalieri.
Who are we?
- Village Underground is 13 years old now and EartH is just over a year old. We work with more than 1,500 artists performing to more than 200,000 people who visit from across London, the UK and the world each year.
- Over the years, our 23 employees and 75+ venue staff and freelancers have worked tirelessly to renovate and transform these abandoned buildings into world class music venues, to look after them and to open our doors night after night to our varied audiences.
- Both venues are financially self-sufficient. We receive no funding and rely on our bars and commercial events, the revenue of which is put back into the artistic programmes.
- Village Underground is housed in a former coal warehouse which is adjacent to the former Broad Street railway viaduct.
- Atop the warehouse, four recycled Jubilee line trains and shipping containers make up our co-working spaces. Up to 30 artists, playwrights, filmmakers, architects, photographers, producers and startups working side-by-side in a creative community.
- EartH is housed in the former Savoy Cinema which opened in 1936 and closed down in 1984.
- EartH is due to start developing EartH Studios, our music education centre and programme.
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Important information regarding Drinks & Guestlists Vouchers
Some of the donations are in the form of Drinks and Guestlists Vouchers. Because of our situation, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to redeem them if we do not re-open. But we are working hard to ensure we do open our doors again, as soon as possible, and your donations will go a long way in helping us achieve this goal.
Novelist at Village Underground on 16 February 2020. Photo by Abbey Louise Kenny.
ComposHER at EartH, 12 June 2019. Photo by Wyatt Dixon.