#SaveOurVenues - Waterloo Music Bar

by Frank Turner WMB in Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

#SaveOurVenues - Waterloo Music Bar
We did it
On 12th February 2021 we successfully raised £37,210 with 679 supporters in 94 days

We're one of the music venues identified by MVT as being most at risk of permanent closure due to the crisis. Please support our campaign.

by Frank Turner WMB in Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

The Waterloo Music Bar is part of a national initiative launched by the MVT to prevent the permanent closure of music venues most at risk due to the crisis. 

We are renowned to be a small venue with a massive attitude, ran by musicians for musicians. Over the last few years we have grown to be one of the fastest rising small grassroots venues in the country. If you've ever set foot inside The Waterloo you will know that we treat the bands and fans like family. We do what we do because of YOU and we love it. 

Why are we crowdfunding?

Our music venue risks permanent closure because….we were one of the 11% of U.K. grassroots venues that were unsuccessful in securing the government cultural recovery fund. Despite our own fundraising efforts we have been unable to secure any substantial funding to see us through until the end of March.

Your donations will be used to…Sustain all outgoing bills whilst closed and keep YOUR music venue here until we can open our doors at full capacity and without any government curfews in place.


Music Venue Trust have created Save Our Venues Merchandise including T-Shirts, Face Masks, Snoods and more which can be chosen as a reward for a donation to our Crowdfunder.


About The Waterloo Music Bar

Since October 2015 when we hosted our first touring band we haven't looked back. We have never stopped working on the venue to make it better each week and to host the biggest and best bands for a small family run independent venue. Behind the scenes the whole Waterloo Team put their all into show night to give you the best bands and nights you can experience for a 300 capacity intimate venue. Since opening we have hosted some incredible acts such as, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision, Dreadzone, Buckcherry, Phil Campbell, Bad Manners, Ferocious Dog, UK Subs, The Wedding Present, Massive Wagons, Those Damn Crows, Kris Barras & not forgetting plenty of up and coming young artists. 


About Save Our Venues - The Red List

During the last 8 months, Music Venue Trust and Crowdfunder have worked together to prevent the closure of hundreds of grassroots music venues. With no end to the crisis in sight, we are now refocusing that work to spotlight those venues under most imminent threat of permanent closure. The #SaveOurVenues Red List highlights the grassroots music venues at most risk.

Right now.

We’ve checked all the available funding, financial support, furlough schemes, business support for these venues, and what is on offer is not enough to prevent them being lost. These 32 venues are on the Critical List and need your help.

These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our grassroots music venues survive this crisis.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Save Our Venues - Next Level Facemask

Support our venue and the Save Our Venues campaign with a high quality Black Next Level Facemask with white screen print of '#Saveourvenues' • One size only • Price includes delivery • Delivery can take up to 35 days

£15 or more

Save Our Venues - Suprafleece Snood

Support our venue and the Save Our Venues campaign with a high quality black Suprafleece Snood with white embroidery • One size only • Price includes delivery • Delivery can take up to 35 days

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