We're so close to our target of saving the venue. Please look at our great prize draw rewards,
Despite putting on 90 successful shows in between lockdowns (more than any other venue that we are aware of) we’re in a deep hole.With a new capacity of 32 seats and a 10pm closing time we’re actually losing well over £200 a day.
Through putting on shows we have created an extra 260 work shifts, managed to pay some 200 acts (we always pay the bands here!) and entertained around 2500 people.
We were able to secure a few grants to ensure that rent and bills were paid up to the end of September. However because we are not a limited company we were ineligible to apply for the lucrative Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund.
The target of £95k is an honest, perhaps conservative, assessment of what we need to ensure survival through the winter. This covers the shortfall required to pay rent, standing orders and wages. Stuff like new equipment will have to wait for another day.
This year has been hard. Despite all the problems Covid has thrown us, our freeholders tried to double the rent! We won that and we can win this.
The draw is now closed. We need to get this all onto spreadsheets and expect. to do the. draw on 7 April. Those lucky people will be notified by email.
Here's what you could have won. Please support these people who have supported us.
Bandcamp - $50 voucher to spend on the Bandcamp site plus aa Windmill tote bag
Black Country, New Road - signed and personalised copy of the Japanese import version of the band's thrilling debut album For The First Time. These are ultra rare and going for £250 on Discogs.
black midi never sign things unless for charity/fundraising purposes but the band have promised to sign and personalise one copy of the picture disc version of their forthcoming beast of an album Cavalcade which gets unleashed to the world on 28 May.
black midi, new road - ultra rare scarf that was only available to those who bought tickets for the epic bmnr livestream back in December, we had to order in units of 50 so have two left over; the other one is going ion eBay after this. Only 150 made.
Goat Girl - Signed limited edition pink copy of the On All Fours album, fanzine, stickers and forthcoming new limited edition release.
Public Service Broadcasting - signed test pressing of the White Star Liner EP
Speedy Wunderground our lovely neighbours in Streatham are assembling a bundle of goodies including all of the label compilations signed by legendary producer Dan Carey. Plus there'll be some wearable merch and some promo discs.
Wide Awake Festival have donated a pair of tickets and tshirts for this great event that's happening in Brockwell Park on 3rd September. Tickets are currently a bargain £39.50 but you can win a pair for a lot less!
First and foremost please SPREAD THE WORD that our venue is in danger. Please share to friends who might have come to the Windmill or are a fan of one of the bands who started out here.
We know many of you are skint and also many have already donated or bought our t-shirts so if you publicise our appeal hopefully others will get involved.
For those of you who can afford to slip us a few quid you’ll find a range of rewards that have been donated to us by those brilliant people at Music Venue Trust who have been campaigning tirelessly to #saveourvenues.
Everything we can! We've been putting on live music six or seven nights a week for the past two decades and we want to keep doing just that!
We’re proud of our programming and the community around us.
In a way we feel we’ll come out of this stronger; it’s just for now, we need a bit of help.
Goat Girl (2019)
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