Due to the government’s latest advice to avoid non-essential gatherings, we will be closed until further notice. During this time we will strive to keep everyone updated on any changes or progress on our social channels, on email, and on our website.
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.
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.
Businesses affected such as ours have been forced into financial insecurity. The future is uncertain for so many. With this in mind we would like to share a couple of links to petitions that call for the government to support vulnerable industries and workers:
- The Music Venue Trust’s petition for Boris Johnson to take immediate action to protect Britain’s Grassroots Music Venues
- Petition for the government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19
- Petition to include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus
- Implement Universal Basic Income to give home and food security through COVID-19
We have also set up a fundraising page for Village Underground and EartH. Any donation – large or small – will help ensure that our venues continue to operate once this unpredictable period is over.
For anyone who has booked tickets to see shows in the coming weeks, please keep an eye on your email inbox and on our social media for news of events that will be cancelled or rescheduled; we are working hard with our partners to ensure that these events take place in the future, when the world shows signs of recovery from this epidemic.
For anyone struggling with mental health issues that may be escalated by this situation, we’d like to take this opportunity to signpost to a BBC article on how to protect your mental health during Coronavirus.
Thank you for your patience and support during this tumultuous time, and we hope to see you soon.
Most importantly, in the meantime, be kind to one another.