Save The Macbeth

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The Macbeth in Hoxton, East London, needs your help to save it from the corporate landlord’s intention to take it over.

The Macbeth in Hoxton, East London is in dispute with landlord over the terms of their lease.
 
Legendary venue, The Macbeth, is sadly another small music venue that faces closure due to circumstances unrelated to being a cultural hub in London.
 
The East London pub was was built in 1860 and started life as a Gin distillery, taking advantage of the natural spring underneath the building. Charles Dickens used to frequent The Brtiannia Teater which stood opposite The Macbeth which was sadly  flattened in the blitz during WW2. It’s fair to assume that he popped over the road for a jar of gin from time to time.
 
Mark & Mel Robinson have been involved with the venue in 2007 at a time the 150 year old building was in need of repair. The couple set about renovating the place, not only honouring the original building but also adding a stage and improving the sound and lighting to ultimately give space to the plethora of artists in the famously creative corner of London to perform and hone their craft at the start of their respective journeys. Alumni from The Macbeth include Florenece And The Machine, The XX  and Franz Ferdinand to name a few.
 
 In December 2016 The Macbeth was due to begin the renewal process of it’s lease in order to secure another 15 years of providing a platform for the next generation of artists.
 
Only eight days before the renewal date the corporate landlord demanded over £81,000 of so called “Termminal dilapidations”(repairs) and subsequently refused to renew the lease. Soon after The Macbeth were given notice that the landlord inteneded to take the venue back for their “own use”.
 
Since then The Macbeth have been fighting a legal battle with the landlords to reinstate the lease. Although the sum of £81000 and the extent of repairs is understandably disputed, Mark and Mel have decided to complete repairs in order to give the landlord no reason not to re-new the lease so the venue can continue as a iconic cultural hub it has become over many years.
 
The legal fees to date have been an enormous financial drain on Mark & Mel meaning they need help to rasie funds to continue the necessary repairs.
 
Mel Robinson, said: “We have been involved with the place for over 10 years and we love it. The day we walked into the venue before we took it on we were overwhelmed with the atmosphere it had, the smell of beer, fags (before the smoking ban!) and sweat, but most of all the anticipation of what is to come in the knowledge of all the legendary nights that have gone before. After we’d renovated it we set to finding promoters,  bands,  poets and generally any sort of artists wanting to perform. We built a proper stage and off we went, we were overwhelmed with the artists who wanted to perform at The Macbeth and feel so lucky to have been part of so many incredible nights. It would be a tradegy if all of this were to come to an end”.
 
The Macbeth are determined to keep the doors open, but need supportin raising funds to pay for the repairs. They have set up a crowd funding page where you can make a donation:
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