Matchstick Piehouse is an a neighborhood oriented venue and humanities house, which has been working in Deptford since 2018. The house was arrange, constructed and initially staffed by volunteers, however has since been in a position to make use of artists, musicians, and different South Londoners; priding themselves on a various portfolio of occasions, which vary from queer cabarets and anarchist efficiency artwork nights to folks jam classes, all of the whereas prioritising illustration for traditionally under-represented teams
In a press release posted on their Crowdfund web page, they write: “We’re actually unhappy to say that the way forward for our enterprise is now underneath risk. We have had covid-related hire arrears for a very long time on account of a mix of being unable to commerce throughout lockdown, and blended buying and selling within the years after. We’ve not managed to resolve it. Our landlord is threatening to primarily finish the lease until we pay the complete sum by the tip of the week.”
“This implies, for the primary time in our historical past, we’re having to show to the general public to ask for donations,” their assertion continues. “We perceive that within the midst of the price of residing disaster, particularly at a time that many individuals are donating to varied political campaigns, asking for cash is tough. We wouldn’t be doing this until we completely needed to. We try to lift 35,000 kilos to ensure our future. Along with your help, we will repay the hire areas and safe the way forward for the venue.”
The venue provides that they’ve had bailiffs referred to as to the property, and their landlord had threatened to terminate their license until they paid £36,000 by Wednesday (twenty ninth November). They’ve since been in a position to negotiate this, and are asking for assist to attempt to supply the complete quantity required of them.
Music Venue Belief has been offering help and recommendation all through this ordeal, and so they venue provides that they “could not have gotten by means of this week with out them”.