• Naomi Sanders

LOUDER NEWS: 'Save The Black Heart' raises over 65% on CrowdFunder with two weeks to go

Iconic London venue, The Black Heart, is edging closer to their Crowdfunder goal to save their venue from shutting down.

Located in the heart of Camden, often considered the best area for music in London, the Black Heart has played host to gigs from Every Time I Die, Venom Prison and Idles, as well as used for festivals like Camden Rocks and Incineration Fest. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, because of the absence of live music, the venue has faced the threat of closing as the landlords demand payment of rent or face legal action.

The club, which is part of the Music Venue Trust’s Red List of venues that risk closure, created a crowdfunding page so music fans can contribute and help keep the venue running for when live music can return in the UK. At the time of writing, it’s raised £100,361 out of its £150,000 goal, indicating that the venue should reach their goal by the 23rd of March.

The Black Heart released a statement after they hit over 50% of their goal, sharing: “We are The Black Heart and we are in trouble.

"We are an independently owned ‘destination’ live music venue and bar for people who like heavy music. Since opening in August 2009, we have hosted over 2,500 shows. But, we have an insurmountable – and ever-growing – mountain of debt, and our landlords are threatening us with legal action.

"To help us raise the £150,000 we need to survive, we’ve been running a Crowdfunder campaign and there are just over 3 weeks left.

"We’ve had incredible support from The Black Heart community – and we would like to thank every single person who’s donated. It has been truly overwhelming. We’ve been running the entire campaign on our own, relying on social media and donated prizes from some amazing friends, and the response has blown us away, especially at a time when we know money is tight. People have even been holding their own fundraisers for us too, like Frank Turner (raising over £6,000) and Employed to Serve (raising over £1,000). So, thank you, everybody.

"The roadmap for lifting lockdown suggests indoor hospitality might reopen on 17 May but social restrictions won’t be completely over until the 21st of June at the earliest.

"We want to reopen safely and we want to do what is right for our staff, customers, artists and society in general – but every week we remain closed or restricted, we build up thousands more in debt. The £150,000 we need to raise is simply to cover the build-up of debt – the bills that have been mounting up while closed or heavily restricted for over a year. It is impossible for us to trade profitably until all restrictions are lifted.

"But now we know that we might be able to reopen on the 17th of May (and potentially even be back to normal in June), it has never been more urgent to Save The Black Heart! We have a huge gig calendar ready to go, both socially distanced and full capacity, but if we don’t meet our Crowdfunder target, there will be no gigs at all. Ever again. The Black Heart will close.

"So, please, dig deep to Save The Black Heart. We have new prizes every week – with some huge items coming up, like signed KISS memorabilia, guitars, pedals, amps, festival tickets and massive record bundles.”

The crowdfunding link is included here; please donate if you can and share the page around! #SaveTheBlackHeart