London’s music venues have been ravaged by redevelopment and rent rises over the last few years, but here’s a reminder that there’s one enemy even more dangerous than Foxtons: Mother Nature. During last month’s flooding in London, Arch 1 – a friendly local music, comedy and arts venue in West Ham – found itself submerged in two feet of water. The flood destroyed thousands of pounds’ worth of audio equipment, musical instruments and furniture and fittings.
Venue owner Rob Clarke won’t get any insurance money for months. In the meantime, the team behind Arch 1’s G&B comedy night have set up a Crowdfunder page to help secure the venue’s future. Nearly £10,000 has been raised already, but with three days to go they’re hoping to reach their ambitious £20k target. If you’re forever complaining about independent venues in London shutting down, now could be a good time to put your money where your mouth is. You might even get a free mug.