Cellar Forever

by Cellar Forever in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Without essential building work the Cellar will be forced to close this December after 38yrs of live music. Here's our chance to change this

by Cellar Forever in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

£27,048

raised of £80,000 target

742

supporters
34% 14 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £80,000 is pledged by November 27th 2018 at 10:30pm

HELLO

The Cellar is a family run, grassroots music venue in the heart of Oxford. We are one of the only truly independent music venues left, and we cater to anyone who wants to have fun and listen to good music. We are all about giving people a unique experience in an experimental and welcoming space, right in the centre of the city.


Dawn Penn at the Cellar by Tomasz Ras


THE PROBLEM

The Cellar is on the verge of closure because new stringent fire regulations have cut our capacity from 150 to 60 people. We need to raise £80,000 over the next 5 weeks to build a new fire exit, or we’ll be closing our doors in December 2018 forever.

We’ve had a tough year. At the end of 2017, we were threatened with closure when our landlords wanted to redevelop our beloved basement club into retail space. 14,000 people signed a petition and over 1000 people lobbied the council in a brilliant campaign to fight the plans. And we won thanks to the public’s incredible support.

In our fight to save The Cellar, we have been placed under huge financial strain, incurring large legal costs. Worse still, since our capacity has been cut, we have lost many of our most popular nights and our promoters have understandably had to go elsewhere with their larger shows.




THE SOLUTION

The good news is that it is possible to increase our capacity by building a new fire exit from The Cellar into Frewin Court. It is major structural work but if we can raise the money, the renovations will improve the space, enabling The Cellar to thrive, not just survive.

Photo by Ian Wallman


We need to raise £80,000 to fund our #CellarForever project. This one-month programme of renovation includes building the new fire escape and supporting the costs of temporary closure, as well as the improvements below:
A new fire exit would have the potential to increase our capacity to over 200 people

  • We would remove the bar in the main room, allowing a larger audience area with a better view of the stage.
  • The side rooms would become the bar service areas, which would improve the club’s layout.
  • If we go beyond our target, we’d love to improve our air conditioning (so that our customers can be even cooler!)


WHY SUPPORT US?

The Cellar is a unique and much-loved venue in Oxford, providing all kinds of wonderful music to local people. Over the years, we’ve supported so many musicians, sound engineers and promoters to hone their craft, and we want to continue operating as a totally independent venue in an increasingly homogenized city centre.

We were overwhelmed by your support for our campaign earlier this year and it became clear how much The Cellar means to so many people. You can read this for yourself here!

Photo by Ben Spear


We are throwing everything at this campaign to raise £80,000 in 5 weeks. We’re asking local businesses, music lovers and anyone who cares about what The Cellar stands for, to support #CellarForever by making a donation and investing in us, for the long-term.

Please donate using the link provided. We’ve got a list of juicy rewards to encourage you to dig deep, and we are massively grateful to everyone who has contributed so far.

In summary, we’d have to agree with Oxford-based band, Glass Animals: “To see The Cellar turned into some retail outlet would be like beating the small heart of the Oxford music scene to a pulp with a pre-made sandwich.”


Please support #CellarForever

Let’s do this.


Thank you,

Tim

(Venue Manager)



Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

£60 Ooo aren't you lovely: BUNDLE TIME!

Become Best of Friends with The Cellar; have your name on our Wall of best Friends in the newly renovated Cellar. + Full Cellar Forever pack including Cellar Forever T-shirt + Tote-bag + A3 colour poster + free drink token + name on the website friends forever.

£5 or more

£5 HighFiver

Every penny counts so a solid £5 will go to our campaign. A massive high five from the Cellar + name on the website friends forever page

£10 or more

£10 Hands in the air

Double high five a solid £10 will go to our campaign. A massive thank you from The Cellar + name on the website friends forever page

£15 or more

£15 Wall of Best Friends

Become Best of Friends with The Cellar; have your name on our Wall of Best Friends in the newly renovated Cellar + name on the website friends forever page.

£20 or more

£20 Wall of Best Friends + Tote Bag

Become Best of Friends with The Cellar; have your name on our Wall of Best Friends in the newly renovated Cellar + name on the website friends forever page + limited edition Cellar Forever "We Did It!" Tote bag

£25 or more

156 of 250 claimed

£25 Limited Edition T-Shirt

Limited Edition "We Did It!" Cellar Forever T-shirt. + the option of joining our wall of friends + name on the website friends forever page

£50 or more

24 of 50 claimed

£50 Limited Edition Screen Printed Poster

Limited edition numbered screen printed Cellar Forever poster, signed by designer Sal and a signed thank you by Tim Hopkins, Cellar main man + name on our wall of best friends in the newly renovated Cellar + name on the website friends forever page.

£100 or more

46 of 70 claimed

£100 Secret Gig + Aren't you lovely BUNDLE

2 tickets to our special Cellar Forever Secret gig, in newly renovated Cellar + drink tokens. 1 x "Aren't you lovely bundle" includes: Become Best of Friends with The Cellar; have your name on our Wall of best Friends and website + Full Cellar Forever pack including Cellar Forever T-shirt + Tote-bag + A3 colour poster + free drink token, aaaand feel even greater about helping us to survival (18+)

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Band photoshoot by Glasshertzzphoto

Glasshertzzphoto has very kindly donated a band/artist photoshoot. His work is incredible so we are truly honoured. He's also had a great history with the Cellar. He sights the Cellar as having been one of the things that was instrumental in his band Fixers signing a record deal. Check out Jason's incredible photography here http://www.glasshertzzphoto.com

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Band photoshoot by Glasshertzzphoto

Glasshertzzphoto has very kindly donated a band/artist photoshoot. His work is incredible so we are truly honoured. He's also had a great history with the Cellar. He sights the Cellar as having been one of the things that was instrumental in his band Fixers signing a record deal. Check out Jason's incredible photography here http://www.glasshertzzphoto.com

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300 Golden Gig Ticket

Guest list to all Crosstown (formerly Future Perfect) Oxfordshire gigs for a year plus 2 guest list tickets to each gig in the 2019 Cellar Forever gig series 2019 - to launch in the newly refurbished Cellar.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300 Golden Gig Ticket

Guest list to all Crosstown (formerly Future Perfect) Oxfordshire gigs for a year plus 2 guest list tickets to each gig in the 2019 Cellar Forever gig series 2019 - to launch in the newly refurbished Cellar.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Count Skylarkin' to DJ at your house party

Count Skylarkin' is a bit of an Oxford and now national legend. A favourite at Bestival too with his Disco Shed sets. He'll DJ at your house party and bring you the best in reggae, rocksteady, ska, and soul and base for a right royal knees up! Dates subject to availability.

£800 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£800 Host your own private cinema night

The wonderful people at Cinema Under the Stairs who regularly turn the Cellar into a Cinema, will put on your own private film night - popcorn machine included. You select the film, they'll do the rest and enjoy the Cellar in a whole new way. Pretend you are Martin Scorsese hosting a private launch of your new film in your personal cinema! Dates subject to availability, film choice subject to license restrictions.

£1,000 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£1000 Patron of the Cellar

As a Patron of the Cellar you'll get a yearly invitation to a special Patrons evening where we'll showcase to you the best of the local bands plus an extra treat or two. Your name will go on a specially commissioned artwork to hang in the Cellar - forever - optional. You'll have a personal connection with the Cellar for years to come and you'll be the first to be informed of any new developments, and initiatives as we strive to thrive!

£3,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£3000 Bespoke Cellar Party

Have your party in the newly renovated Cellar - we will organise a tailor made party package, including live bands, DJ's, themes, decorations, to give you a night to remember.

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£5000 Signed Radiohead Snare Drum

Phillip Selway from Radiohead has very kindly donated and signed his snare drum to help us reach our target. "I used it during the sessions for In Rainbows, and on 15 Step in particular. It was also my second snare drum on tour for a number of years." Having lived in Oxford all his life he knows the role the Cellar has had in developing and keeping alive live music. Thank you Phillip!

£5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£5000 Business Patron and Sponsor

Become The Cellar's Business Patron & Sponsor - Details to be ironed out in the boardroom with you. (Nb. Our boardroom has beer pumps).