Saturday, November 03, 2018

(Fire) escape to victory

Back in July, the news broke that the Cellar had had its capacity slashed following a health and safety inspection. Now, Tim Hopkins, manager of the beleaguered venue, has decided that the only way for it to survive is via a crowdfunding appeal to raise the £80,000 needed for the construction of a new fire escape that will comply with fire regulations.

As someone who not only appreciates the inestimable value of grassroots venues in general and of the Cellar to the Oxford scene in particular, but who has also personally enjoyed many an amazing evening there, I had no hesitation whatsoever in backing the campaign and in urging others to follow suit. The deadline is 27th November, so get pledging.

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