Westgarth Social Club: Live Music Fund

by Spooker Rekkids in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

£4,665

£5,000 stretch target 4 days left
155% 222 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 22nd January 2021 at 9:08am

We’re raising money to support the safe and sustainable return of live music and events to the Westgarth Social Club.

by Spooker Rekkids in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our initial target is to raise £3000, which we have calculated could support between 15-20 gigs in 2021. If we reach that goal, there are plans to expand this target to £4000 for around 20-25 gigs, and £5000 for 25-30 gigs. Basically, the more we raise, the more gigs we can help to put on!


The Westgarth Social Club is one of Teesside’s most popular independent music venues. Across its three stages, the Westgarth has hosted acts such as James Bay, Public Service Broadcasting, Wolf Alice, Pete Wylie, The Vaccines, Edwyn Collins, TV Smith, and First Aid Kit. 

Many of you will know Steve, the Steward of the Westgarth, who is the heart and soul of the venue. He works incredibly hard to look after the club members, as well as the promoters, bands, and audiences who have adopted the venue as a community hub for local, national and even international acts to visit as they tour the country. 

We reached out to Steve, who said: 

“The Westgarth means so much to so many. Firstly, the club members, some of whom have been using the club for more than 50 years. And more recently, for the last 12 years or so, as a live music venue used by music goers from a wide range of different musical tastes. It has become an important hub for local artists to hone their craft, whether it be music, comedy, poetry, or anything else.”

We also spoke to Andy Carr, of local promoters The Kids are Solid Gold, who added:

“Westgarth Social Club is Middlesbrough's primary venue for seeing the best upcoming regional, national and international acts and, as such, it is an integral part of the UK's live music infrastructure - its importance to both the town and the live music industry as a whole should not be understated. The venue's recent history is up there with the best of them and it is much loved by fans and acts alike. Westgarth shows really are very special.”

Safe gigs

Like so many places, the Westgarth has been unable to open its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Closed since the first national lockdown in March, they’ve been unable to find a way of re-opening which would follow government guidance and ensure the absolute safety of its members and of local gig-goers.

As we all look forward to finally returning to the Westgarth, we also have our sights firmly on what gigs might look like over the next 12 months.

Live Music Fund

What will gigs be like in 2021? Based on the last 9 months, these shows might need to happen under safety measures, with restrictions on crowd numbers or the need for particular seating arrangements.

Unfortunately, as through the first and second waves of coronavirus, if local promoters can’t put on viable events – places like the Westgarth will struggle to reopen. 

But with your support, we’re hoping to form a live music fund to support the safe and sustainable return of live music and events to the club. No donations will go to Spooker Rekkids or towards the running costs of the club, with the fund only to be used by local promoters. This could be to subsidise ticket prices; to help towards the cost of sound engineers; or to cover the shortfall in ticket sales due to potential crowd-limits.

We want to ensure that, whatever happens next, bands, promoters, music lovers and the whole community are supported and have a place to safely enjoy and participate in live music and events.

Our initial target is to raise £3000, which we have calculated could support between 15-20 gigs in 2021. If we reach that goal, there are plans to expand this target to £4000 for around 20-25 gigs, and £5000 for 25-30 gigs. Basically, the more we raise, the more gigs we can help to put on!

We’re aware this is an incredibly tough time for people but if you can offer a donation, we have some wonderful rewards merchandise kindly provided by Teesside’s finest promoters and musical talent. Donations with rewards start from just £5, but you can donate any amount you want! 

Westgarth: 1911-Forever.

Donations to this fund will help massively in keeping the Westgarth alive, and ensuring promoters continue to bring the best local, national and international acts to Teesside. 

It’s a weird time, but we’re hopeful for the future and can’t wait to welcome you all safely back soon.

Cheers

Siobhan, Jon, Rach, Clare, Ben, Paul, Rick, Dan, Az: The Spooker Team

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

38 of 100 claimed

Westgarth Forever Print

We're producing 100 very special prints.

£6 or more

Spooker Christmas Sampler (Digital Download)

Tis the season. A collection of yuletide ditties from that there Spooker Rekkids lot. Featuring: Nel Unlit, Faithful Johannes, Benjamin Amos, Dilettante, Before Breakfast, Our Krypton Son, Dressed like Wolves, Bong Crosby, HJM Bradshaw, Dymphna, and St. Hollin & All Angels Band.

£10 or more

12 of 50 claimed

Spooker Christmas Sampler (CD + Digital Download)

Tis the season. A collection of yuletide ditties from that there Spooker Rekkids lot. Featuring: Nel Unlit, Faithful Johannes, Benjamin Amos, Dilettante, Before Breakfast, Our Krypton Son, Dressed like Wolves, Bong Crosby, HJM Bradshaw, Dymphna, and St. Hollin & All Angels Band.

£10 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Billiards Tutorial

Just 10 lucky people will be treated to this prize. Three balls. One Jon. A tutorial for ‘the game of games’ – from our very own Jon ‘the cue’ Horner of Nel Unlit.

£10 or more

24 of 50 claimed

Tote Bag

Our special Westgarth Forever logo printed on a tote bag. Because everyone loves a tote!

£15 or more

34 of 50 claimed

T-Shirt

Our Special Westgarth Forever logo printed on a t-shirt!

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Signed Pellethead LP

10 signed LPs of Pellethead’s album from Gnu Inc. Recordings - “The Best of a Bad Bunch”

£35 or more

2 of 12 claimed

Butterfly Effect LPs

Potluck draw for 1 of the last 12 LPs released from the label

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Big Figure and Down By The Jetty Promotions Bundle

Big Figure and Down By The Jetty Promotions are offering bundles of free tickets to each of their next 5 shows! Each bundle is for four tickets, and which gig you get them for will be confirmed as shows are booked!

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pellethead Artwork - "No Strings Attached"

"No Strings Attached" is one of three pieces of artwork generously donated by Pellethead. Check it out here -https://www.facebook.com/spookerrecs/photos/pcb.2889085471347541/2889084091347679

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pellethead Artwork - "Smiley"

"Smiley" is one of three pieces of artwork generously donated by Pellethead. Check it out here -https://www.facebook.com/spookerrecs/photos/pcb.2889085471347541/2889084081347680

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Choose a Cover

Potluck draw – a Spooker Rekkids act to cover a song of your choice - Dressed Like Wolves, Nel Unlit, Benjamin Amos, HJM Bradshaw, Dymphna. Cover to be recorded and printed on a truly one of a kind 7”.

£15 or more

50 of 50 claimed

T-Shirt

Our Special Westgarth Forever logo printed on a t-shirt!

£35 or more

5 of 5 claimed

A Solid Gold Bundle

Potluck draw for 1 of 5 bundles of epic merch from local music promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold. Prizes include: photos, posters, branded mugs and vintage ticket stubs

£35 or more

5 of 5 claimed

TKASG Bundle

Another solid gold bundle of merch from promoters The Kids are Solid Gold

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pellethead Artwork - "Bull"

"Bull" is one of three pieces of artwork generously donated by Pellethead. Check out the collage here -https://www.facebook.com/spookerrecs/photos/pcb.2889085471347541/2889084108014344

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pellethead - "Select a Setlist"

Put together your very own personalised setlist, to be played live by Pellethead at a future Westgarth show, plus a free ticket to the gig.

Let's make 'Westgarth Social Club: Live Music Fund' happen

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