Shepherds Bush music venue hits crowdfunding goal to stay open

Local independent music venue Bush Hall has raised more than £40,000 to keep the doors open and the music playing.

Music fans queueing outside Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush
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Bush Hall | Luke Dyson

Local independent music venue Bush Hall has hit its crowdfunding target to keep the venue running.

The former Edwardian dance hall, situated at 310 Uxbridge Road, launched their campaign in March, with organisers saying that they were “approximately four months away from making a hideous decision whether to cease live music”.

After a landslide of support, they reached their £42,000 goal on Wednesday (10 April).

“I want to say a huge thank you to all those who donated to the Bush Hall crowdfunder,” said co-founder and director Charlie Raworth.

Live performance at Bush Hall

“We've kept music alive at Bush Hall. And now we can look forward to a long term, sustainable program. It's amazing for us, but it's also highlighted the importance of music in the grassroots sector.”

Charlie stressed the importance of people visiting local venues, to help them get through tough financial times.

“Please keep supporting our venues. And please keep going to gigs. But I want to say it one more time: a huge thank you from all of us at Bush Hall.”

Other big name acts that have graced the stage at Bush Hall include Nick Cave, Alicia Keys and Paul Weller.

As well as music, the venue also features other live entertainment, including comedy, dance and cabaret.

Okvsho performing in the round at Bush Hall

Originally built in 1904 as a dance hall, the venue has served many different purposes throughout the years. It was used as a soup hall in WWII, a rehearsal space in the 1960s, and a snooker hall in the 1980s and 1990s.

It was restored to its Edwardian grandeur and reopened as a music venue in 2001.

Bush Hall also runs the non-profit music school Music House for Children, and the record store and cafe Next Door Records, which are based next door to the venue.

Bush Hall is just one of the many arts venues that we are proud to have in Hammersmith & Fulham. Find out more about hiring the space, or one of our other cultural landmarks, for your next event.

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