With new stringent fire-safety regulations put in place, Oxford’s The Cellar has been forced to cut capacity down from 150 to 60, which means slinging the hook for the local-favourite venue unless a new fire exit can be put in place.
The work will require major structural renovations, a necessity that the family-run, grassroots venue cannot afford alone:
“Sadly, with the extent of the renovations we’ve been asked to make, we simply don’t have the money to pay for them,” explains venue manager Tim Hopkins. “Which is why we’re calling on people power again with this crowdfunding campaign. As well as our own passion to keep going, we owe it to all our amazing supporters to give this one last try.”
It was around this time last year that The Cellar narrowly avoided redevelopment by the help of a similar campaign, when the landlords wanted to redevelop the basement club into retail space. The campaign saw 14,000 people sign a petition and over 1000 people lobby the council in an impressive display of unity to save the venue.
Legal costs and the cutting of capacity has placed the venue under huge financial strain, and if the required funds can’t be raised before December, The Cellar will be forced to close its doors one final time.
For more information and to donate, visit the ‘Cellar Forever’ campaign Crowdfunder page.