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

£42,478

raised of £80,000 target

1017

supporters
53% 8 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £80,000 is pledged by November 27th 2018 at 10:30pm

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.

Phillip Sellway (Radiohead) with his drum kindly available via our Crowdfunder


"I’m supporting this crowdfunding campaign to keep this longstanding venue open. The Cellar is an important part of the musical and cultural life of Oxford. It’s venues like this that are actually the lifeblood of music, they support and nurture new and emerging talent. Also with its history of hosting bands like Foals and The National and Mumford and Sons, there’s an extra incentive as a performer to raise your game so this all adds up to memorable performances in a great venue, let's not lose it”

Phillip Selway (Radiohead)


SAVE US FROM CLOSING

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.


Photo by Ben Spear

“The Cellar is a legendary Oxford venue which has been running for years with so many acts both international and local have played in this venue. It’s just hosted so much diverse talent and been a launch pad for many local acts - being at the heart of the Oxford music scene – which have gone on to see global acclaim. It’s so important that we don’t loose venues such as this in Oxford so please do want you can to help save it. Thank you!”

Mark Gardener (Ride)


HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS? WELL...

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!)

I was an ambassador for Independent Venue Week last year because I’m so passionate about supporting these venues that made and built my career. Save the Cellar!”

Nadine Shah (Mercury Award Nominee)


WHY SUPPORT US? I'LL TELL YOU... 

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!

“Small venues are so important, I remember starting out in ’93, ’94 with my first band The Jennifers, we played what was then called The Dolly, now called The Cellar. We wouldn’t have got anywhere without these small venues, they’re really important for building up the vibe of a band when they’re first starting out. So it would be just disastrous if it wasn’t able to continue. Help the Cellar and be part of the Crowdfunding page.”

Gaz Coombes


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 the 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.




“Oxford's best small venue. The place FOALS first learnt to blow the doors off a joint”

Yannis Philippakis (Foals)

I went to one of my first gigs with Dave at The Cellar, we saw Friendly Fires. There were six other people there, we became best friends. Later on, we made this band and played there ourselves. We might not have done if not for that venue”

Glass Animals

Please try to help keep this small but important music venue open. We all have come through these places.”

Nils Lofgren (E Street Band)

“Smaller venues are really important because that’s where the majority of bands play in the UK.”

The Lovely Eggs

“The Cellar is one of the best small independent venues in the UK, and a bastion of underground culture in Oxford. Help save it from the pencil pushers and redevelopers I’ve played in - is fighting for survival. Please check this link to help ensure Oxford retains some active underground culture”

Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells)

The Cellar is a massive part of Oxford’s music scene and it’s music history. I’ve had some amazing shows there. I’d hate to see it disappear

ShaoDow

"The Cellar is one of our most important hubs in Oxford’s music scene. It’s right I the middle of the city where the pressures of keeping an independent venue open are already massive, but we’ve got the chance now to keep this important venue thriving”

Henry Darnel (Young Knives)


Thank you,

Tim

(Venue Manager)



Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£40 - Signed Mr Scruff customised Cellar poster

Not only is he one of the most universally loved producers and DJ's, makes a great cuppa and loves a good pie, Mr Scruff has customised our Cellar Forever poster, just for us. How cool is that! 5 digital prints will be on offer that he will personally sign for you.

£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 Join the draw for Radiohead's snare drum

Radiohead's Phillip Selway 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." For £20 you'll be entered into a prize draw and everyone of you will get a "We Did It" digital poster print. If we hit our target, the lucky winner will be drawn by Phillip himself.

£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

186 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

£40 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£40 Nightshift Cover Star

Legendary Oxford music mag Nightshift was the first to have many successful local bands grace their front cover before they were famous, including Radiohead (and On a Friday before that), Supergrass, Foals, Glass Animals and Stornoway. It’s your turn now! Supply a picture and Nightshift will create your own mocked-up front cover print

£50 or more

35 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.

£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.

£95 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£95 Safehouse Studio Half Day Recording Session

Safehouse Studios is a fantastic little studio that sits right in the heart of the OX4 music community. Originally set up by FOALS the famous CCTV sessions were recorded there, as well as being a local favourite for band rehearsals. They’re very kindly offering us a half day recording there. Great Christmas present again for a budding band or solo musician.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Pair of Tandem Festival Tickets

Tandem Festival is a local 3 day music festival bringing you different worlds of music, art, talks, workshops, dance, food and eco-friendliness. It features many a great Oxford band as well as music from all over the globe. So save money and buy your special summer treat and help save our venue at the same time. Full price this would usually be £170.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

100 Ninja Tune Records mystery bundle

The wonderful people at Ninja Tune heard about our plight and have donated a juicy vinyl bundle for one lucky donor. In fact it’s seven vinyl albums (one is signed) and one T-shirt. Nowt like a musical lucky dip to expand your horizons!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 - Domino Records mystery goodie bundle

Independent and incredible, we love Domino and they're giving us some love back. Domino is label where Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Jon Hopkins, Anna Calvi, Bonnie Prince Billy and many many more incredible artists have made their name. They've very kindly donated to us a juicy mystery bundle. All we know is that it's worth more than £100 and it will be the best lucky dip you've had all year.

£100 or more

68 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

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Upcycled Sounds Half Day Studio Sesh + Mix

Upcycled Sounds are a recording studio with a sustainable slant. Check out more here http://upcycledsounds.eu/ These amazing people are giving us one live recording session in their wonderful studio. This consists of one half day of studio time plus mixing. Normally £300. Great Christmas present for a budding band or solo musician.

£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 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).