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Lughole II: Venue continues crowdfund drive

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A gig at the first Lughole in 2015. Photo by The Lughole.

A DIY venue has reached the halfway point in a crowdfunding campaign for a new space.

In 18 months, The Lughole has raised £9,376 of its £10,000 goal. The punk venue is looking for a new home after the first incarnation closed at the end of 2017.

"We have found the perfect vacant building, that will be able to facilitate at least five practice spaces, a large area for live events and a licensed members club bar," said campaign organiser Paul Hubbard in an update.

The first Lughole on Arundel Street was forced to close for licensing and safety reasons.

The collective behind the new venue say they have been hit with "numerous unexpected costs from the Council during the planning application procedure" and also cited solicitor's fees as adding to the setup costs.

"These costs have substantially eaten into the money raised so far, leaving us low on funds to carry out the building works that are essential to create the space we need once the new lease actually begins," said Hubbard.

Through its Kids Of The Lughole label, the collective has championed DIY music by local groups, including Sievehead, Nachthexen and Community.

Sam Gregory

Contribute to The Lughole's campaign at GoFundMe. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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The future home of The Lughole. Photo by The Lughole.

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