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Sub Club launches crowdfund to save itself from permanent closure

The Glasgow institution is offering a reward scheme for financial support

  • Words: Patrick Hinton | Photo: Jamie Gillespie
  • 7 July 2020
Sub Club launches crowdfund to save itself from permanent closure

Sub Club has launched a crowdfunding campaign to financially support itself through the economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legendary Glaswegian spot which first opened in 1987, and was shut from 1999 to 2002 following fire damage, says it is now at risk of permanent closure.

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In a statement on Crowdfunder, Sub Club wrote: “As lockdown is gradually lifted and some elements of the life we used to live slowly filter back in, what is abundantly clear is the fact that underground basement clubs will be amongst the very last things to reopen. We were the first spaces closed and we will be the last to open.

“The level of UK Government support has fallen woefully short of what is required to protect the future of the Sub Club. We are very aware that many people are experiencing real financial difficulty, and for some the threat to their health and wellbeing is profound. We have had to think long and hard before reaching out to ask for your help. Nevertheless, if we want to Save Our Sub we find ourselves in a situation where we have to ask for your support.”

The crowdfund is aiming to raise £90,000 to cover weekly running costs, set up a Staff Hardship Fund, recover £31,864 in furlough payments which HMRC has denied a rebate of, build required infrastructure to re-open post COVID-19, and set up a charitable initiative called the Dazzle Fund.

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Sub Club is offering a tiered reward scheme depending on the level of financial support you pledge.

Tier 1 starts at £10 and offers your name included in a virtual supporters wall and a custom digital print, as well as priority access for upcoming Sub Club events and the 2021 membership scheme. The final Tier 7 additionally offers a lifetime free entry card and Sub Club merch for a donation of £1,000.

Other tiers cost between £20 to £100 offering club tickets, merch, your name immortalised on a physical supporters wall, and more.

Read the full statement from Sub Club, check out the donation packages and pledge to the crowdfund here.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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