Le Pub is under threat of closure and it’s about time we all did our bit to keep small and brilliant venues open. Wayne and I had many an awesome night when we lived in the Newport area, and It would be really sad to see such a wicked venue that had played host to so many up and coming bands close down and for all the hard work that the staff have put in over the years to go to waste.
This is the pitch from Swn and Sam Harris
Newport venue Le Pub is up for sale. The current owner can no longer run the business and needs to sell. So far, everyone who has gone to look around the venue to buy it, wants to turn it into a wine bar, or flats or something that it’s not. After the closure of Newport TJs we don’t want that to happen to Le Pub. We think that’s bad for music in Newport. Bad for music in Wales. We keep seeing venues close in Wales and the UK, with people unable to step in to save things. It’s terrible for live music in Wales – for new bands finding places to play; for people to find venues to see bands, make friends, make memories and do something different.
Welsh promoters Sŵn and the manager of Le Pub, Sam Harries, are launching a campaign to Save Le Pub. Between us, we have the expertise to run the venue, to book more shows in the spirit with which the venue has been operating and to help bring more people to the venue. It’ll be a struggle, but we all believe it’s worth fighting for. We have hope. But what we don’t have is enough money to buy the venue and carry out the re-decoration that Le Pub desperately needs.
So we need your help. And fast. We need to raise the extra capital to purchase Le Pub and restore it to its former glory so it can remain open and continue as a space for live music in Newport.
We know we need at least £20,000. That’s a lot of money. But there’s a lot of you. People who have watched bands in Le Pub, drunk in Le Pub, played in Le Pub or want to play in Le Pub. Whatever you can contribute will help.
Help us Save Le Pub.
Sŵn & Sam Harries
About Sŵn and Sam Harries
Sŵn is pronounced ‘soon’ and is Welsh for ‘sound’. We founded the Sŵn Festival in 2007 with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens to bring great new music into Wales and to showcase the breadth of amazing emerging music coming out of Wales. Since then we’ve begun promoting shows throughout the year in Cardiff and around Wales. We curate music at other events too – this year we’re taking Welsh bands to Green Man Festival, One Of These Days Festival and Artes Mundi. Already this year we’ve taken music to Dinefwr Literature Festival, Newport’s Busk On The Usk, Camden Crawl and Tafwyl. We always aim to bring the best music in and out of Wales.
Sam Harries has worked in Le Pub for 14 years. For most people she *is* Le Pub, running pretty much all aspects of the business. She loves the building, the customers and the bands who play and frequent there and has considered chaining herself to the doors if was turned into a Wine Bar.
Go here to help this worthy cause and to add your bit to the pot: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/save-le-pub-1076