Southampton’s quintessential music mecca is in need of patching up with repairs now urgent. If work isn’t carried out then owners claim they “will not be able to keep the venue open far into the future.”
Recent biblical weather has caused unwanted issues and damage at the St Mary’s Road venue. So much so that the owners have posted a statement on a GoFundMe page asking for donations towards the repair costs.
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“There are number of critical repairs that if not carried out very soon will mean we will not be able to keep the venue open far into the future,” it reads. “The building is subject to an “all repairing” lease which means we are responsible for the general wear and tear of the building at now over 100 years old.
“The joiners is not a profit making business but exists to provide a platform for emerging and local artists and during Festival season we operate at a loss, therefore we currently have no funds to carry out this work.”
Tweets from the likes of Enter Shikari, Frank Turner, UK Music and Music Venue Trust have raised the profile of the situation. This has helped towards the venue achieving their minimum goal of £5,000 in just 24 hours from 234 donations, proof that The Joiners means a lot to those who’ve had dealings with it.
Next year The Joiners’ celebrates 50 years of promoting local up coming bands and functioning as one of the most iconic music venues in the UK. It’s may be small, but it’s got a whole lot of love and is still seen as the beating heart of the Southampton music scene.
Still, the venue needs a little more help in achieving their total goal of £7,000, visit here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/help-repair-the-joiners