City venues are set to stay shut for up to six months

The show must go on: Deep Cabaret perform for the first time as a six piece at The Hall in China Street tomorrow night, Friday December 11.
The show must go on: Deep Cabaret perform for the first time as a six piece at The Hall in China Street tomorrow night, Friday December 11.

Music venues and pubs in Lancaster were hit particularly badly by the floods on Saturday night.

The Bobbin, in Cable Street, the Yorkshire House, in Parliament Street, the Juke Joint in North Road, the Wagon and Horses and George and Dragon, in St George’s Quay, and the Stonewell Tavern, in Lower Church Street, were badly flooded on Saturday night, and my heart goes out to all the publicans and their staff struggling to get back on track. It’s too early to tell when venues will re-open for business, but we know that The Bobbin is likely to be closed for between four and six months and the Wagon and Horses until at least after the New Year.

The Stonewell Tavern was aiming to re-open tomorrow night, Friday, but with limited electricity supplies music may be acoustic only.

The Three Mariners escaped unscathed, and given its proximity to the river Lune that was very lucky indeed.

Other pubs and venues have, apart from a loss of power for a few days, got off lightly, and it’s hats off to all those landlords who provided shelter to people trapped in 
Lancaster on Saturday night.

Rather than list all the shows that have been cancelled – it’s just too depressing – I would suggest contacting the venues directly to find out what is happening in the city this weekend and beyond and perhaps offer some support.

If any venues, or pubs that don’t usually host live music but can do would like to help promoters and bands pick up the slack for events over the Christmas period please let me know (nick.lakin@jpress.co.uk) and I can pass on 
information to the relevant people.

I’ll keep things updated through these pages in terms of when venues will be back, and I’m sure everyone that supports and appreciates Lancaster’s eclectic and vibrant live music scene will turn out to celebrate the re-opening of these venues, who work hard to ensure our fantastic musicians have a continuing platform.