Hairy Dog reach crowdfunding target for vital building improvements

The Hairy Dog has reached the crowdfunding target in their bid to carry out vital improvements to the key city centre music venue.

The campaign runs until 8 August and the venue needed to raise a minimum of £3000 to receive funds donated by local supporters. Posting on Facebook today (5 August) they celebrated reaching the target saying ‘today will be known as Hairy Dog day’.

The message read, “WE HAVE DONE IT!!! We have reached the minimum target needed for the refurbishments and renovation that has to be done!

“Everyone at The Hairy Dog is extremely grateful for the response we have had, messages coming through asking to help, spreading the word and donating!! It has all helped the cause MASSIVELY!!!!

“The Kickstarter is running until Monday, so there is still time to help out! We will announce further details for you regarding donation rewards and when the (Thank You) Day Festival will be.”

The venue re-opened in 2016 as a 500 capacity main room and a smaller 80 capacity room upstairs. They have gained a glowing reputation nationally and have hosted shows by Sleaford Mods, Slaves, Martha, Desperate Journalist, as a venue for 2Q and also many punk and alternative gigs.

The funding will enable repairs to the Beckett Street building to be carried out and should the next target be met air conditioning will installed throughout. Owned by Paul Keenan the venue cost £100,000 to kit out before opening last year, with a further £40,000 in legal fees over the licence.

On the Kickstarter page the venue described the reason behind the campaign, “As Derby is a small city, it’s rare to see many established artists come through which makes the city thrive with underground music! The Hairy Dog has always aimed to bring the best of both worlds to the people of Derby. Staying in touch with our roots we always aim to be constantly pushing out new and upcoming bands whilst bringing in the bigger names.

“The Dog has developed quite the reputation locally and internationally, it is a renowned venue to play for upcoming touring artist’s. Bands such as Slaves and Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) class us as one of the best venues in the country. Along side these we have also managed to put on bands such as; The Skints, Sleaford Mods, The Bouncing Souls, Ferocious Dog, Pulled Apart By Horses, Phattfoxx, Cockney Rejects, Hacktivist, and many more… but have only ever aimed to make back the cost of the show by keeping ticket prices low for everyone.”

Often overlooked by the mainstream media in the city the venue has been a key component to re-invigorating the local music scene and bringing in touring bands. Improvements to the building should help the venue appeal to a wider selection of gig-goers and attract more musical talent to the city.

If you’d like to give to the campaign and help support Derby’s local scene you can do so here until 8 August. Rewards linked to donations include entry to a Thank You Day Festival, limited edition venue t-shirts, tattoo sittings with K9 Tattoo which is also based in the building, and entry to gigs over the next year.

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