Coronavirus Liverpool: Phase One closure, 81 Renshaw Street gigs axed, Arts Club and O2 Academy postponements

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The new Jacaranda venue: Phase One

Coronavirus continues to wipe out Liverpool venues, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on the pandemic’s impact on the city.

Liverpool’s Phase One has closed for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancelled gigs and events have forced venue bosses to close Phase One saying ‘it is impossible to keep trading‘.

Phase One staff are to be relocated at sister venues – Heebie Jeebies, the Jacaranda and EBGBs are all owned by the same directors – and the statement insists Phase One is aiming to be open once “the crisis has abated, so this is not goodbye.”

Cancelled gigs at the venue include Saturday’s sold out Warmduscher show plus gigs by The Snuts, Courting, Deep Cuts April edition, Little Triggers, Ben Burke, King Khan and the Shrines, Willie J Healey and many more.

This is the latest blow for Getintothis‘ venue of 2019 following the recent announcement that Phase One was to shut all daytime activity and move their vinyl record shop.

Getintothis sends their best wishes and support to everyone at the venue during these most troubling times.

Phase One closure announcement:

In light of the government’s advice to avoid social spaces, we have had to take the difficult decision to close Phase One for the foreseeable future. We will be attempting to reschedule or relocate as many gigs as we possibly can, however, the number of cancellations have it made it impossible to keep trading the venue.

We will be relocating our staff until such times as the Government announce reasonable measures to ensure their ability to survive.

We fully intend to come back after the crisis has abated, so this is not goodbye.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the musicians who have graced our stage, all the promoters who have booked our venue, all the patrons who have attended our gigs.

I would especially like to thank the management and staff for their relentless loyalty and support in the face of the endless difficulties facing grassroots venues and the hospitality industry as a whole.

Good luck to everyone in these unprecedented times. We sincerely hope we can all come back after this crisis, wiser and stronger.

Keep watching our social media for all updates on the future of the venue and gigs.

In the meantime you can still buy vinyl through our discogs listings.

Stay strong x

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Arts Club and O2 Academy have postponed or cancelled all gigs until March 31 with further updates due to follow.

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A statement issued via their social media channels read: “COVID-19 update 17.03.20: The safety of all our staff, artists and visitors is our top priority. All shows and events until 31 March are temporarily postponed, so to help keep you up to date of plans and changes, ticket holders of any affected event will be contacted directly.”

Meanwhile, 81 Renshaw Street have decided to close their venue until May 29.

They released the following statement: “We have made the decision to close the venue until the end of May. Currently gigs will start up again the weekend of the 29th of May with Tir na nOg, but we will keep an eye on the situation as it develops.

Please find below a list of all of our gigs affected by COVID-19. Some have been cancelled, some have been rescheduled, some we are still trying to reschedule. Please bear with us during what is an understandably busy time.

If you have bought tickets for any event that has been rescheduled. Your tickets are now valid for the new date. If you can’t make the rescheduled date please see the refunds section below.

If your gig has been cancelled or you cannot make the rescheduled date, your refund will be sorted at point of purchase. If you bought your ticket through an external provider (Skiddle, etc.) they will sort that out. If you bought your ticket in the store, you will need to return to the store for a refund (there is no time limit on this, you can claim your refund at any time even after the scheduled date of the gig).

81 Renshaw Street

List of gigs and what has happened to them:

March:
• Thur 19th // Sid Griffin & Peter Case // 7.30pm // £12.50 // AWAITING RESCHEDULE
• Sat 21st // Book Launch – Karen Boggiano – A Bed of Daffodil Sky // 2pm // Free // RESCHEDULED: SAT 6TH JUNE
• Fri 27th // 999 + Biteback // 7.30pm // £10 // RESCHEDULED: SUN 25TH OCTOBER
• Sat 28th // Alison Benson EP Launch + The Folk Doctors // 1.30pm // Free // CANCELLED (EP AVAILABLE IN STORE FROM 21.03.20)
• Sat 28th // Section 25 Industrial Unit + Vee V V // 7.30pm // £10 // RESCHEDULED: SAT 24TH OCTOBER

April:
• Fri 3rd // Pat Martin Gary Numan Experience + Kazoo // 7.30pm //£10 // RESCHEDULED: FRI 10TH OCTOBER
• Sat 4th // Western Promise + Sons of Mowgli + Samy O’Grady // 7.30pm // £10 // RESCHEDULED: FRI 25TH SEPTEMBER
• Fri 10th // Drew Dixon Band // 7.30pm // £10 // AWAITING RESCHEDULE
• Sat 11th // Thomas Truax + Support // 7.30pm // £8 // RESCHEDULED: FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER
• Fri 24th // Ivan Campo + Support // 7.30pm // £10 // RESCHEDULED: SAT 17TH OCTOBER
• Sat 25th // The Burning Hell + The Southbound Attic Band // 7.30pm // £11 // RESCHEDULED: SAT 7TH NOVEMBER

May:
• Fri 1st // Carson McHone + Support // 7.30pm // £10 // CANCELLED
• Sat 2nd // Hannah Aldridge & Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes // 7.30pm // £10 // AWAITING RESCHEDULE
• Fri 8th // Cheley Tacket + Hannah Rose Platt // 7.30pm // £8 // CANCELLED
• Sat 9th // The Distractions + The High Rip + Three From Above // 7.30pm // £8 // RESCHEDULED: SAT 13TH

June:
• Sat 16th // ChickenShack // 7.30pm // £4 // CANCELLED

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