The owners of an under-threatened pub are hoping to reopen as a live music venue after the crowdfunding raised more than £ 33,000.
The Horn in St Albans, which normally hosts around 80 acts per month, is expected to reopen as a pub later this month, with concerts to resume at a later date.
Owner Adrian Bell said he was “overwhelmed” with public support.
Singer Paul Young, who performed on the site and supported the call, said, “As soon as it’s viable people should go out and show their support.”
The venue, on Victoria Street, opened as The Horn of Plenty in the early 1970s and quickly rose to prominence for its live music.
John Peel of BBC Radio 1 was a frequent client and artists who launched careers there included Kim Wilde, who also worked behind the bar, and more recently successful Hertfordshire bands including Gallows, The Subways, Enter Shikari and Friendly Fires.
Mr Bell said he faced a “potentially very serious future”, but local support has been “pretty incredible”, with nearly 1,000 people contributing.
He said the money, along with two government grants, should help “keep going until it can reopen as a concert hall.”
Some were used for unpaid bills, new seating arrangements and personal protective equipment when it reopened this month.
The rest “will cover the deficit of not having income from the music side”.
Capacity will be “limited to 40 or 50 customers instead of 300”, and with current social distancing requirements, Mr. Bell said he could not see live music returning “realistically … before at less next year “.
“[Live gigs] rely on people close to each other and who knows when people will be happy with that?
Paul Young, who became a successful solo star in 1983 with his cover of Wherever I Lay My Hat by Marvin Gaye, first performed there in 1977 with Streetband, then “intermittently for 43 years”.
“I felt bad for them because for theaters indoors with social distancing, [the situation] is at its worst yet, ”he said.
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