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Newcastle’s iconic rock venue Trillians, is much more than a place to go and watch live music or grab a pint, it’s a landmark of the local music scene, a community and a place that those of alternative tastes call home. During these challenging times that have seen venues closed or opened with limited capacity, it has become harder for proprietors Dave and Barbara to keep staff unemployed and to keep on top of the debts that they are accruing and so they have launched a GoFundMe campaign. This is no ordinary crowdfunder however and those who donate will be thanked in the form of memorabilia, T-shirts and all kinds of lovely things, as well as being featured on a board of names.

Dave tells us more about the bars struggles that have resulted in him starting a GoFundMe campaign… “Five years ago me and Barbara took on this beast of a rock bar. Trillians had gone through some hard times before but what was about to happen was unprecedented. The start of 2020 was great, January, February and March was the best start to a year we ever had. For the first time we breathed a sigh of relief and said, “This is how it’s done.”  Then the 23rd March happened and the announcement came, ‘Full Lockdown’.

We never thought it would go on this long. The first lockdown came and with government support and massive help from the brewery industry (Marston, Budweiser, Guinness) we got through it. Opening was announced for 4th July and to be fair we were managing OK with capacity going from 300 to 72 max. We weren’t making any money but more importantly NOT accruing any debt.

Second lockdown came, again we thought it would last maybe four weeks and we can get back to some kind of normality or at least carry on with the reduced capacity and rules set in place for hospitality. Then it happened – TIER 3, no money, no help, no funding from anywhere. 

With TIER 3 starting and everything so uncertain on how long this will last, we felt the GoFund was something we had to do.”

You can donate to Trillians’ Gofundme campaign by clicking here.

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