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London venue The Black Heart announces one-off vinyl in bid to stay open

London venue The Black Heart has announced that they hope to survive the pandemic by releasing a special vinyl box to raise desperately needed funds.

The Camden based venue first set up a Crowdfunder page back in January and shared with fans that the established found itself in “serious trouble” due to the lockdown measures due to the coronavirus. Venues like The Black Heart and the rest of the hospitality industry have endured a perilous last twelve months amid strict social distancing regulations.

There are now only five days left until the fundraiser closes, with The Black Heart still yet to receive all of its £150,000 target and currently finds itself on £145,492.

In a last-minute bid to reach the desired milestone, the venue has announced a six-track Save The Black Heart Vinyl Set. The set comes on three ultra-clear 7″ vinyl records and is available for £19.99, with a minimum of £5 to go into the venue’s fundraiser.

The bands Loathe, Our Hollow Our Home, Immerse, Venom Prison, Bad Touch and Take The Backseat, Casey all feature on the vinyl. Speaking in a statement, Loathe discussed the importance of venues like The Black Heart. The band said they are “essential to the well being and progression of, not just live music but music as a whole – with each grassroots venue serving as somewhat of a booster or platform to present fresh, new art.”

The band added: “Please help to not let these amazing places that house amazing memories and opportunities for thousands of music lovers out there go to waste.”

The Black Heart finds itself on the Music Venue Trust’s ‘red alert’ list of UK venues that could lose their futures due to the coronavirus. “We want to reopen safely, and we want to do what is right for our staff, customers, artists and society in general – but every week we remain closed or restricted, we build up thousands more in debt,” The Black Heart explained earlier this month.

“The £150,000 we need to raise is simply to cover the build-up of debt – the bills that have been mounting up while closed or heavily restricted for over a year. It is impossible for us to trade profitably until all restrictions are lifted.”