Local bar urges residents to back initiative to save UK music venues

A Chesterfield bar is urging people to get behind a national initiative to save gig venues across the UK.

The appeal by the music venue trust is aiming to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent pubs, bars and clubs due to the pandemic.

Phil Deacon from the County Music bar on Saltergate told us just how much the virus has impacted his business: "We're still facing rent, we're still paying maintenance charges, licensing fees, beer has gone out of date, stock is wasting and it's all of these things that are going to hit us when we re-open and cash flow is going to be an absolute disaster."

He added that while government funding has been welcomed, it doesn't stretch far enough: "That money that was made available for this sector was certainly not designed to last from March until what looks like now, July.

"Obviously our concern going forward is if we re-open, what restrictions are we going to be on? It's the uncertainty."

An online crowdfunder has raised just over £1,000 so far in a bid to save The County Music Bar, with hundreds of other independent UK venues also trying to raise funds.

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