SAVE LONDON’S MUSIC SCENE, SAVE THE SILVER BULLET
Management at The Silver Bullet are fighting back against a corporate takeover of their beloved independent music venue, The Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park.
With only 3 and a half weeks notice of the sale of the lease to Goodman Restaurants (owners of the Burger & Lobster chain), the team are doing everything in their power to regain ownership of their grassroots venue. If this collective campaign is successful The Silver Bullet will be managed as a ‘not for profit’ music venue by the same team and the same scenes that have continued to support the sounds here. But we need as much momentum with the campaign as possible in the remaining few weeks we have..
As well as chipping in to this crowdfunder so the current managers can put forward and offer to buy the lease please sign our #SAVESILVERBULLET petition which will be used to strenghten our case to the local council, so we can prove that the Silver Bullet is a community asset that has the support of the public and like minded musical masses.
The Silver Bullet is an independent music venue located outside Finsbury Park station, which has hosted over 2,000 live music events in its 6 years of operation. It has consistently provided a pedestal for independent and underground music scenes and is an integral part of the community as a whole.
As well as supporting the amazing talent of local musicians in a range of jam sessions from Sunday to Wednesday in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Hip Hop, the venue has played host to some big industry names including John Newman, Rudimental, Laura Marling, Lords of the Underground, Congo Natty, DJ Derek & Don Letts.
After initial discussions with Operation Managers from Goodman Restaurants, The Silver Bullet staff are hopeful to negotiate a grace period to continue operating as a live music venue whilst using the time to raise the necessary funds to buy the lease.
Co-Manager of The Silver Bullet, Anna Naylor says ‘We really need people to get behind our campaign and believe that the smallest act can make a huge difference.
We are getting a great response from social media and the press, but we need everyone who sees our plight to to help us.
Even £1 will make a difference as long as enough people donate, we will reach our target. This campaign would be an even greater accomplishment if it was successfully funded by the local community, as this is who the The Silver Bullet represents’.
London has lost more than a third of live music venues in the last 7 years due to soaring rent prices, disproportionately tough licensing scrutiny, and greedy property developers with no regard for the cultural value of the institutions their developments are destroying.
The news of the sale comes at a time when music venues are getting more support from the government than ever, thanks to the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s determination to ‘save London’s iconic club scene’ and ‘make it more difficult for redevelopment to result in the closure of heritage and cultural venues by strengthening the London Plan’.
Grass root venues are the lifeblood of the British music scene, ”The British music industry is worth £3.8bn. All that money starts when somebody takes their first step onto a grassroots venue stage.” says Mark Davyd from Music Venue Trust
Without independent venues, new acts have no platform to perfect their craft, to build up fan bases, and to eventually fill the same shoes of some of the biggest names around today.
This is not just about corporate greed, it’s about closing down the meeting places of people with ideas, intelligence, diversity and non-conformist attitudes. DIY music venues are about non-conformity. They’re for passion, for culture, for art, and for good times. And for that, we shouldn’t stop fighting!
The staff & community around The Silver Bullet are urging the public to get behind their campaign by signing the 38 Degrees Petition and / or donating to the crowd funder site to enable them to buy back their iconic venue.