Keep Guildford Live: Safeguard the Boileroom
KEEP GUILDFORD LIVE SAFEGUARDING THE ONGOING DEVELOPMENT OF THE CREATIVE ARTS IN GUILDFORD The Boileroom is Guildford\'s only dedicated Creative Arts and Music Venue, sadly Guildford Borough Council have put it\'s Live Music License up for review, posing a direct threat to it\'s ability to provide a continued program of events. Please show you support for the Boileroom by signing the petition bellow. If we don\'t take a stand now the Boileroom will undoubtably go the same way as our much missed Civic Hall. *** THE BOILEROOM Creative. Arts. Music. Venue You may remember the Boileroom as The Elm tree, or maybe The Tap and Spile The premises has changed its name a few times over the past 100 years. You may not be aware of what we do here at The Boileroom, you may think that we are purely a \"ROCK\" venue, or maybe a \"NIGHTCLUB\" You may think that it\'s just a place for \"young people\" or maybe you think it\'s not a place that you\'d want to go to Whatever you think we are, I\'d like to formally introduce you to The BOILEROOM. We are made up of a collective of people who believe strongly in safeguarding creativity and artistic license within Guildford Borough. Since opening in September 2006, we\'ve hosted Craft fairs, D.I.Y Festivals, Film Festivals, Jazz workshops and Creative Writing Workshops amongst other things. We\'ve played host to artists from Malawi, America, Sweden, Norway, France, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Closer to home, we\'ve had performers from Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester, Exeter, Cornwall, London, and everywhere in between! We\'ve donated proceeds from our events to: The Vision Charity The Ambulance Fund Kids for Kids The Rainbow Trust \'Free Movement\' workshops for young people We\'ve had Slam Poets, Spoken Word, Sitars, Saxophones, Violins, Squeeze Box\'s, Graffiti Artists, Break Dancers, the U.K Hip Hop Champion, Mobo Award winners, Mercury Nominated Artists... Our youngest patron is 9, our oldest 89. Our oldest performer so far was 78 and our youngest 18. We have people travel from all over the country to see what Guildford\'s creative arts community has to offer. We\'ve had Jazz, Nu-Jazz, Folk, Alt-Folk, Breakbeat, Indie, Pop, Classical, Spoken Word, House, Punk, Ska, Prog, Opera... the list is quite possibly endless. We\'ve had 40th Birthday Parties, Wedding Receptions, 18th Birthday Parties, Leaving do\'s. Some performers have been playing for over 30 years, for others it\'s the first time they\'ve ever been on stage. We are hosting Guildford first \"Fringe Festival\" in July, with workshops and stalls galore! We consider ourselves to be truly rooted in the Creative Arts Movement. *** But all this could be threatened if we don\'t take a stand. Clifford Bell (Head of Environmental Health and Licensing Services) and certain Councilors are unyielding in their belief that there is bass breakout from the premises. They have now called our premises license into question, with a review being held in July that could result in our live music license being revoked. We are adamant that we are working within the conditions outlined in our license and those set out by Environmental Health. Moreover we have endeavored to work with the Council, Environmental Health and local residents to ensure that the Boileroom not only fulfills Guildford Borough Councils Licensing Objectives, but that it exceeds them on all counts. Sadly it appears that this is not enough. Please sign the petition below to safeguard the Boileroom and the development of Music and the Creative Arts in Guildford. Thanks for your support, Keep Guildford Live and the Boileroom Team.