We're updating our stretch target on Crowdfunder to improve our ability to do livestreaming.
We're looking to raise money to install the necessary infrastructure that will allow high quality and versatile live streaming that will last well into the future. This will help us to keep the venue viable and offer grassroots artists a platform through the coming months (and potentially years) of uncertainty. It will allow us to give a global platform to artists and it will improve the long term accessibility for those unable to attend gigs at the venue.
Thanks so much for your support!
During the early stages of the UK's COVID-19 pandemic we took the difficult decision, for the first time in 11 years, to close our doors. We did this ahead of government intervention as we thought it was the most socially responsible thing to do. Unfortunately we’ve found ourselves in the increasingly difficult position of getting the doors back open when the time comes.
From the outset we’ve been committed to paying our staff in full over the closure period as it would be impossible to do what we do without them. However, between topping up furloughed wages in full and paying our rent we are spending over £25k each month for the luxury of having our doors closed.
Our commitment to our staff is our top priority but as we have received no relief on rent, are ineligible for government grants and have received absolutely no compensation from our insurers, we face a very real threat of permanent closure within only a few short months. We simply can't afford to keep our doors shut for £25k a month, which is why we're asking for your help.
We’re asking for whatever you can spare on beer and ticket money that might have gone unspent over the last few weeks. Your donations will help to ensure that our staff continue to survive this unprecedented time with a job to come back to when we are allowed to reopen our doors. In the longer term we want to make sure we can continue to bring you the best bands for another decade, offer artists the best opportunities at the start of their careers and weather one of the harshest climates grassroots music venues have ever had to face.
We’ve rescheduled our April, May and June programming for later in the year in the hope that we can reopen in July or August. We’ve even booked a series of events to celebrate our reopening featuring friends of the Lexington and some of the biggest names to grace our stage. We can't wait to share this special series of events and all donors will be notified with advance ticket links ahead of the general public as a small token of our gratitude.
We understand this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and have been deeply moved by the kind words and sentiment that people have shown us over the last few weeks. The whole team at The Lexington would like to wish every single person who's supported us over the years the best of health throughout this difficult time and all the happiness and good times once the future allows.
See you in the pit x