Help Save Village Underground & EartH

by Village Underground and EartH in N16, London, England, United Kingdom

Help Save Village Underground & EartH

£35,525

£30,000 target 4 days left
118% 766 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th September 2020 at 8:00pm

Having made the difficult decision to close our venues Village Underground and EartH until further notice, we ask for your support.

by Village Underground and EartH in London, England, United Kingdom

In early March as the pandemic was causing chaos across the world, we went into business freefall and on 16 March, we made the difficult decision to fully close Village Underground & EartH until further notice.

The effect Covid-19 has had on the lives of the people and the businesses in our industry is devastating. 

Our focus here at Village Underground & EartH is directed at protecting the existence of both venues in order to be able to resume business and employment as operating becomes feasible. We strive to protect the long term livelihoods of our teams, and also to be part of a future for arts and music in London. 

It is not financially viable for us to operate at reduced capacity for most ticketed events, meaning we still don’t know when we will be able to re-open to the public and generate revenue that way again.  

Uncertainty remains but we haven't given up!

We are searching high and low for other ways to generate money. VU has now been transformed into VU Bar, open Thursday 17:00-23:00, Friday and Saturday 17:00-00:00. For more info, click on the logo.

1599810622_vu_bar_b&w.pngBut nothing we can find to do at the moment is enough or covers our lost income.

How will your donations be used?

As things slowly go back to normal, landlords and suppliers will expect us to resume payments whilst we are still not able to restart our normal operations and generate revenue. Your donations will be used to cover overheads, and where possible to provide some work to either our team or the wider arts/music industry. 

A note on overhead costs:

Our monthly overheads are £120,000 at EartH and £80,000 at VU. Many of these costs have already been reduced and some have been temporarily suspended but in all events, they remain uncovered into the future without additional financial assistance.

Alfa Mist performs at EartH Theatre on 3 March 2020. Photo by Wyatt Dixon.Alfa Mist performs at EartH Theatre on 3 March 2020. Photo by Wyatt Dixon.

Otherliine's recent performance at Village Underground. Photo by Eleonora Collini.Andrew Weatherall at Village Underground in 2016. Photo by Antonio Cavalieri.

NEW REWARDS
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Jack Garratt has kindly donated 3 x signed Vinyls (Love, Death and Dancing) & Limited Edition Prints to our campaign. For £10, you can enter a raffle for a chance to receive one of these bundles. Jack Garratt is one of our favourite artists, having played at VU in 2015 and was one of the last artists to play at EartH before we closed down in March 2020. We are so grateful for his donation! 

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Let’s Adore And Endure Each Other

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Photo by Beth Crockatt Photography

Now more than ever, let’s adore and endure each other.

We are so thankful to Steve Powers for letting us use his iconic artwork on our limited edition t-shirts. They will only be sold here and for the time of the campaign.

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Superstition T-Shirts

From candlelit beginnings to colossal takeovers, Superstition’s role in London's underground techno scene has gone from strength to strength, commanding some of the most respected line-ups from every corner of the genre by celebrating both the avant-garde and the godfathers of techno. To celebrate Superstition's 5th Anniversary, and while we wait to re-open our dancefloor to all our techno fans, we have released a limited edition Superstition t-shirt. These t-shirts will only be sold here and for the time of the campaign.

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Name A Seat in EartH Theatre

A lovely way to celebrate your or a loved one’s passion for music and culture, become part of the fabric of EartH’s iconic theatre and show your continued support for all the artists that we promote.

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Become A Corporate Patron

Become one of our 10 Corporate Patrons with this year-long membership giving you access to: 

  • our music and comedy events with 25 guestlists for a year to entertain your clients (subject to availability), 
  • a £50 bar tab at each event 
  • and 25% off the hire fee at both Village Underground and EartH for up to 3 bookings.

Sponsor An Artist – Holywell Lane Wall

Sponsor an artist to paint the Holywell Lane Wall, to be up for a minimum of 4 weeks before the end of 2021. Show your support for artists, street art and the community around. VU not only works with music artists, street artists from around the world have always stopped by to paint our wall – among many other talented artists: Stik, Pete Fowler, En Masse and Amara Por Dios have all left their mark at VU.

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Sponsor An Artist – Trains

Sponsor an artist to paint the front of our trains for a minimum of 4 weeks before the end of 2021. Donate to show your love and support for street art or to create a personalised surprise for a loved one. VU not only supports music artists, street artists from around the world have always stopped by our rooftop to paint our trains – among many other talented graffers: Shok-1, Amara Por Dios, En Masse and Derlon have all left their mark at VU.

Who are we?

  • Village Underground is 13 years old now and EartH is just over a year old. We work with more than 1,500 artists performing to more than 200,000 people who visit from across London, the UK and the world each year.
  • Over the years, our 23 employees and 75+ venue staff and freelancers have worked tirelessly to renovate and transform these abandoned buildings into world class music venues, to look after them and to open our doors night after night to our varied audiences. 
  • Both venues are financially self-sufficient. We receive no funding and rely on our bars and commercial events, the revenue of which is put back into the artistic programmes.
  • Village Underground is housed in a former coal warehouse which is adjacent to the former Broad Street railway viaduct
  • Atop the warehouse, four recycled Jubilee line trains and shipping containers make up our co-working spaces. Up to 30 artists, playwrights, filmmakers, architects, photographers, producers and startups working side-by-side in a creative community.
  • EartH is housed in the former Savoy Cinema which opened in 1936 and closed down in 1984.
  • EartH is due to start developing EartH Studios, our music education centre and programme.

10 Years of Village Underground


RA News: Village Underground to reopen East London art deco cinema as music venue

Keep in touch – send us kind words if you are unable to make a financial donation. Find us here:

VU Website

VU Facebook

VU Twitter

VU Instagram

info@villageunderground.co.uk

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EartH Website

EartH Facebook

EartH Twitter

EartH Instagram

info@earthackney.co.uk

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VU Cycle Park in TimeOut

VU Cycle Park Facebook

VU Cycle Park Twitter

VU Cycle Park Instagram

info@villageunderground.co.uk

1584521682_86696890_10156578297171415_4192570104522735616_o.jpgNovelist at Village Underground on 16 February 2020. Photo by Abbey Louise Kenny.

1584522018_composher-11.jpgComposHER at EartH, 12 June 2019. Photo by Wyatt Dixon.

Thanks for reading and for everyone's support during these unpredictable and unprecedented times. 

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

*NEW* Jack Garratt Signed Vinyl & Print RAFFLE

Jack Garratt has kindly donated three signed Vinyls (Love, Death and Dancing) & Limited Edition Prints to our campaign. For just £10, you can enter a raffle for a chance to receive one of these bundles. Jack Garratt is one of our favourite artists, having played at VU in 2015 and was one of the last artists to play at EartH before we closed down in March 2020. We are so grateful for his donation!

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£10 or more

*NEW* Enter Our Raffle!

Enter our Raffle for a chance to win: – 2 tickets for an event of your choice at VU + £50 bar tab – 2 tickets for an event of your choice at EartH + £50 bar tab – 2 Lets Adore And Endure Each Other t-shirts

£12 or more

£12 Drink Voucher | Donation

Voucher for 2 drinks at either Village Underground or EartH. (Beer, cider, wine, single mixers)

£20 or more

£20 Drink Voucher | Donation

Voucher for 4 drinks at either Village Underground or EartH. (Beer, cider, wine, single mixers)

£25 or more

£25 Drink Voucher | Donation

Voucher for 6 drinks at either Village Underground or EartH. (Beer, cider, wine, single mixers)

£25 or more

221 of 1000 claimed

*NEW* Lets Adore And Endure Each Other T-shirt

Limited Edition T-shirts featuring Steve Powers' iconic Shoreditch artwork Lets Adore And Endure Each Other. Available on white or black t-shirt.

£25 or more

24 of 250 claimed

*NEW* Superstition T-Shirts – Limited Edition

Limited Edition Superstition T-Shirts. Available in black and all sizes (we will contact you at the end of the campaign to ask for this information).

£50 or more

*NEW* Become A Friend of VU & EartH

This includes 2 x guestlists to an event of your choice + 10% discount at our bars for a year.

£75 or more

A Night At Village Underground | £75 Donation

2 x Guestlists to one of our events | 2 x Drinks | Guided Tour of the building.

£75 or more

A Night At EartH | £75 Donation

2 x Guestlists to one of our events | 2 x Drinks | Guided Tour of the building

£150 or more

9 of 600 claimed

*NEW* Name A Seat in EartH Theatre

Plaques will be subject to a maximum number of characters. Plaques will remain in place for 10 years. EartH reserves the right to approve and adjust the final message on your plaque. You will be able to reserve your named seat after booking your tickets.

£500 or more

2 of 4 claimed

*NEW* Host a Barbecue on VU's Rooftop

Get exclusive access Village Underground's iconic rooftop to host a summer barbecue and invite up to 9 people to join you for the evening. This includes: access to rooftop on a weekend day between 12:00 and 23:00, a £100 bar tab, charcoal, a Duty Manager on site throughout the day.

£500 or more

1 of 10 claimed

*NEW* Host a Barbecue on VU's Rooftop in 2021

Get exclusive access Village Underground's iconic rooftop to host a summer barbecue in Summer 2021 and invite up to 9 people to join you for the evening. This includes: access to rooftop on a weekend day between 12:00 and 23:00, a £100 bar tab, charcoal, a Duty Manager on site throughout the day.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Free entry for You + 1 at VU for 5 years

You and a + 1 will be added to Village Underground's house guestlist for any gig or club night of your choice, and for 5 years after we reopen.

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Free entry for You + 1 at EartH for 5 years

You and a + 1 will be added to EartH's house guestlist for any gig or club night of your choice, and for 5 years after we reopen.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

*NEW* Sponsor Our Meeting Room Door Repair

Contribute to the cost of repairing our glass door and we will name the Meeting Room after you.

£1,500 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Free entry for You + 1 at VU & EartH for 5 years

You and a + 1 will be added to Village Underground and EartH's house guestlists for any gig or club night of your choice, and for 5 years after we reopen.

£5,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

*NEW* Become A Corporate Patron of VU & EartH

Become one of our 10 Corporate Patrons with this year-long membership giving you access to: our music and comedy events with 25 guestlists for a year to entertain your clients (subject to availability), a £50 bar tab at each event and 25% off the hire fee at both Village Underground and EartH for up to 3 bookings.

£15,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsor An Artist – Trains

Sponsor an artist to paint the front of our trains for a minimum of 4 weeks before the end of 2021. Donate to show your love and support for street art or to create a personalised surprise for a loved one. VU not only supports music artists, street artists from around the world have always stopped by our rooftop to paint our trains – among many other talented painters: Shok-1, Amara Por Dios, En Masse and Derlon have all left their mark at VU.

£25,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsor An Artist – Holywell Lane Wall

Sponsor an artist to paint the Holywell Lane Wall, to be up for a minimum of 4 weeks before the end of 2021. Show your support for artists, street art and the community around. VU not only works with music artists, street artists from around the world have always stopped by to paint our wall – among many other talented artists: Stik, Pete Fowler, En Masse and Amara Por Dios have all left their mark at VU.


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