Legendary London rock bar Crobar has launched a crowdfunder to help it prepare for a relaunch after the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, it was announced that the venue, which is a favourite of many rock stars including Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, would be shutting its doors due to losses incurred during the pandemic.
“Back in June, when I realised there was no way we would survive, I was heartbroken,” Crobar owner Richard said in a new statement, announcing that the venue is hoping to re-open at a new location, and also start a music venue.
Donate to the Crobar crowdfunder here, with prizes including the last ever bottle of Crobar whiskey (numbered 666).
“As well as the obvious loss of all our jobs, I was hit hard by the thought that there are Crobar friends that I’ve seen on a regular basis for donkeys years, that I would never see again,” Richard continued. “This made me very sad. I also realised from texts and Facebook comments that most of our customers felt the same way.”
He added: “At that time it felt like the end of the world, but one night soon after, I was reading my daughter a bedtime story, and half way through the book, the pirates ship sunk. ‘Oh no’, I said, ‘How will the pirates get the treasure now?’
“My daughter shrugged and said, “They’re pirates Daddy, they’ll just get another ship”
Speaking of the new crowdfunder, Richard added: “I am now happy to announce that The Crobar has decided to crowdfund with the aim of raising the money needed to reopen the bar at another location. When life gives you a kicking, kick it back!
“The aim is not just to reopen the bar, but hopefully to open a live music venue too. With so many venues closing, London will need new ones or its incredible music heritage will die. As a lifelong music fan, I can’t sit back and let that happen.”
In July, the UK government announced a £2.25million fund to help grassroots venues through the coronavirus pandemic. The first 135 recipients were announced in August when the fund was also increased to £3.36million.