The Crescent closes – and launches a crowdfunding campaign to stay afloat

Hugely popular… the Crescent. Photograph: YorkMix

One of York’s most popular venues has closed for the time being – and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to keep it afloat.

All shows and events for the next two weeks at The Crescent have been cancelled or moved.

Tickets will remain valid for rescheduled dates. These can be refunded, but the team are asking people to consider supporting the venue and artists by not asking for a refund if you can afford to.

In a Facebook post they said:

  • This is not a decision we take lightly. As a music venue, community focal point and pub, our income is entirely dependent on bar sales.

    However, as responsible citizens, we need to do our part in avoiding the virus spreading further.

And they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to stay afloat.

Fees and bills add up to £3,500 a week, and it may be shut for 12 weeks. You can contribute towards its goal of £42,000 on its JustGiving page.

Brothers Ed and Bob Leyland took over the old Crescent WMC off Blossom Street towards the end of 2015, before turning it into a venue as popular with families as with gig-goers.

They said: “As of yet there is absolutely no word on what support will be available to our sector, and insurers are refusing to cover anything related to COVID-19.

“The general feeling in the industry is that the Government have not made closure compulsory and that we therefore are unlikely to be able to claim anything.”

They have since shared a response from their insurers on Twitter to show The Crescent is not covered – even if the government orders a shutdown.