Two of Liverpool’s much-loved music venues launch crowdfunders, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on how you can help them survive.
The much-loved Seel Street venues in the heart of Liverpool city centre have both been hit significantly by the outbreak and now their futures are in doubt.
Launched in 2012, the Kazimier Garden emerged from a rental car park transformed into a mini-oasis made from recycled materials, wooden structures, plants and a stage hosting bands.
The success was unprecedented – Liverpool had no dedicated outdoor bars at this time – and it has become a city favourite among musicians, revellers and festivals with Sound City and many others utilising the space.
Phase One, meanwhile, opened in May 2018 and has become a firm favourite in Liverpool.
Hosting almost nightly gigs and events along with Getintothis‘ monthly Deep Cuts, it has positioned itself at the forefront of emerging hot new talent.
However, following the coronavirus outbreak Phase One has closed for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic.
Phase One staff are to be relocated at sister venues – Heebie Jeebies, the Jacaranda and EBGBs are all owned by the same directors – and the statement insists Phase One is aiming to be open once “the crisis has abated, so this is not goodbye.”
This is the latest blow for Getintothis‘ venue of 2019 following the recent announcement that Phase One was to shut all daytime activity and move their vinyl record shop.
The Kazimier Garden issued this statement alongside their crowdfunder: “Morale boosting promises of support mean nothing to people who are close to the breadline.
“Our incredible staff, from event organiser, bar tenders, supervisors, security and musicians are in need now. Then we have a huge list of suppliers, fixed expenditures and running costs.
“As directors, believe it or not, we operate a business where the profits are re-injected, no one is rich here. It is a lean business and our cash reserves are tiny. Your support will not be forgotten. It will be felt immediately.”
For support if you’re feeling anxious on any issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic here’s some useful numbers.
Samaritans – 116 123 – https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Music Support – 0800 030 6789 – https://www.musicsupport.org/
Help Musicians – 0808 802 8008 – https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/