Brighton's Blind Tiger Club asking punters to save it from closure

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A popular live music venue facing closure is asking punters to help save it.

The Blind Tiger Club in Grand Parade, Brighton, needs 2,014 people to sign up to become members by February next year – paying £5 a month – or it could close.

The club needs to revamp its toilets, install a cloakroom and make a host of other minor improvements and director Phil Lakka, 32, is hoping its loyal fans will swoop in and rescue them from having to shut the doors.

He said: “We’re very confident.

“It’s a case of us seeing a problem looming on the horizon for later in 2014 and wanting to do something about it now, while we do have time.

“We’re just finishing programming our season of events up until the end of April.

“If we fail in our mission to evolve the business into a stable social enterprise, run by and for its membership, then we’ll know in February, but be making arrangements for a sale later in spring at the earliest.”

Members pay monthly, enjoy immediate benefits of discounts, loyalty bonuses and a say in how the business is run and they can cancel with a month’s notice.

If the club closes 30 people face losing their jobs.

Mr Lakka added: “If a chain comes in and hoovers up prof- its from Brighton to spend elsewhere that will suck much needed resources out of the local area – as already happens with many chain businesses on our high streets.

“So, although on a very small and localised scale, we think it would be a cultural and economic disaster.”

The Freebutt, The Gloucester and The Pressure Point are all small Brighton venues that have disappeared recently and Mr Lakka said he is not prepared to let his club suffer the same fate.

He said: “What’s different about our approach is that we’re being very public about our situation and setting out a possible route for lots of people to save it with a little contribution each, rather than doing backroom deals with rich men.

“We need variety, we need experimentation and we need lots of grassroots projects to have spaces and networks to germinate.

“New bands and musicians, and performers of all types need small stages. What’s better training for real artists – the experience of The Beatles gigging in Hamburg for years, or the soap opera of an X Factor bootcamp?”

For more information or to sign up as a member visit www.blindtigerclub.com.

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2:39pm Sun 8 Dec 13

leftysmellbags says...

asdrtyeg
asdrtyeg leftysmellbags

2:42pm Sun 8 Dec 13

leftysmellbags says...

leftysmellbags wrote:
asdrtyeg
What a great idea, I have a business that may fail so could 2000 people please sign up to pay me £5 a month for ever. Thanks

By the way if 2000 people do pay me £5 a month, I will probably not bother working and just move to Thailand instead.

But what ever.
[quote][p][bold]leftysmellbags[/bold] wrote: asdrtyeg[/p][/quote]What a great idea, I have a business that may fail so could 2000 people please sign up to pay me £5 a month for ever. Thanks By the way if 2000 people do pay me £5 a month, I will probably not bother working and just move to Thailand instead. But what ever. leftysmellbags

2:46pm Sun 8 Dec 13

vivelavive says...

So Mr Lakka would like the public to bale out his failed business to the tune of £10K each month. That is a lot of money! It's a failed business and must close. It's clearly not being run properly and if it continues with the same leadership then it is simply a matter of time before we have another 30 unemployed.
So Mr Lakka would like the public to bale out his failed business to the tune of £10K each month. That is a lot of money! It's a failed business and must close. It's clearly not being run properly and if it continues with the same leadership then it is simply a matter of time before we have another 30 unemployed. vivelavive

2:47pm Sun 8 Dec 13

leftysmellbags says...

Seriously you have to take your hat off to Old Phil Lakka asking for punters to pay him 10k a month or else the club may close. I suppose there could be enough stupid people around. Will we get to look at your accounts if we pay up? - no didn't think so.
Seriously you have to take your hat off to Old Phil Lakka asking for punters to pay him 10k a month or else the club may close. I suppose there could be enough stupid people around. Will we get to look at your accounts if we pay up? - no didn't think so. leftysmellbags

4:18pm Sun 8 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Why doesn't The Blind Tiger get Def Leppard to do a benefit gig?
Why doesn't The Blind Tiger get Def Leppard to do a benefit gig? PorkBoat

6:36pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Notters_Seagull says...

Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there,
Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there, Notters_Seagull

7:35pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Storm In A DD Cup says...

Whilst Mr Lakka (and previous joint partner Mr Cassidy) had great intentions for keeping the live music scene in Brighton going, they are wholly to blame for this venture failing. They created the Playgroup Festival, a venture which left local businesses out of pocket for a very long time. They then try a small music venue and fail at that too. I really don't want a chain pub to get their grubby mitts on yet another Brighton venue but I'll be buggered if I'd give Phil Lakka money to carry on doing what he's been doing wrong for a number of years. And to back this argument, many of my friends that are musicians and that have been booked by Playgroup/Lakka/Cass
idy have never had a good word to say about their organisation. They let bands down left, right and centre, show favouritism to certain local acts and generally act in a shambolic way. Sorry, Blind Tiger staff, I for one won't be subscribing.
Whilst Mr Lakka (and previous joint partner Mr Cassidy) had great intentions for keeping the live music scene in Brighton going, they are wholly to blame for this venture failing. They created the Playgroup Festival, a venture which left local businesses out of pocket for a very long time. They then try a small music venue and fail at that too. I really don't want a chain pub to get their grubby mitts on yet another Brighton venue but I'll be buggered if I'd give Phil Lakka money to carry on doing what he's been doing wrong for a number of years. And to back this argument, many of my friends that are musicians and that have been booked by Playgroup/Lakka/Cass idy have never had a good word to say about their organisation. They let bands down left, right and centre, show favouritism to certain local acts and generally act in a shambolic way. Sorry, Blind Tiger staff, I for one won't be subscribing. Storm In A DD Cup

9:05pm Sun 8 Dec 13

ghost bus driver says...

Notters_Seagull wrote:
Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there,
You probably don't like Motorhead then lol
[quote][p][bold]Notters_Seagull[/bold] wrote: Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there,[/p][/quote]You probably don't like Motorhead then lol ghost bus driver

12:22am Mon 9 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

Notters_Seagull wrote:
Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there,
So nothing to do with the extortionate alcohol prices there then ?
[quote][p][bold]Notters_Seagull[/bold] wrote: Maybe if they didn't amplify all their music to dangerous levels more people would go there. It's the only reason myself and several of my friends don't go there to see bands. Your ears hurt for days afterwards! Don't get me wrong, I like loud music, but it's ridiculous in there,[/p][/quote]So nothing to do with the extortionate alcohol prices there then ? All 9 of me

3:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

The Blind Tiger "Club" was better when it was Hector's House. The face-lift it has been given inside and out, designed to tie into its hipster/trendy image has made it feel very spacious but this only serves to highlight how few people there are actually inside.

The pub's owners also seemed to decide that it was actually a club, put up the prices of its drinks (£4.50+ on most pints) and begin charging more and more for entry to the evening events. This re-branding exercise basically ruled the venue out of the day-time market and the decision to get rid of the pool table made it even less of an attractive place to spend an afternoon.

I've seen some great music in there and the sound has always been top notch but if you can't get the basics right in such a competitive industry then you are destined to fail.
The Blind Tiger "Club" was better when it was Hector's House. The face-lift it has been given inside and out, designed to tie into its hipster/trendy image has made it feel very spacious but this only serves to highlight how few people there are actually inside. The pub's owners also seemed to decide that it was actually a club, put up the prices of its drinks (£4.50+ on most pints) and begin charging more and more for entry to the evening events. This re-branding exercise basically ruled the venue out of the day-time market and the decision to get rid of the pool table made it even less of an attractive place to spend an afternoon. I've seen some great music in there and the sound has always been top notch but if you can't get the basics right in such a competitive industry then you are destined to fail. uniteagainstparkingcharges

5:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

LargeAndInCharge says...

Just had an idea for a new reality TV show -
I'm a Failed Businessman.....Bail Me Out!
Just had an idea for a new reality TV show - I'm a Failed Businessman.....Bail Me Out! LargeAndInCharge

9:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mark Gladstone says...

Both Mr Lakka and his business partner Mr. Cassidy should be ashamed of themselves. They have failed to pay many of the artists they claim to support or even refund all the ticket holders unable to attend their festival when it was postponed due to poor ticket sales ( despite their attempts to blame the weather. )
I am amazed they now have the nerve to ask the public to bale them out now that their venue has failed too. I'm part of a collective of musicians and DJ's based in Brighton and nobody has a good word to say about them, in fact so many have been let down with payments that we agreed to boycott the Blind Tiger a year ago. There are lots of great venues in Brighton we won't miss it for a second. Good riddance to them.
Both Mr Lakka and his business partner Mr. Cassidy should be ashamed of themselves. They have failed to pay many of the artists they claim to support or even refund all the ticket holders unable to attend their festival when it was postponed due to poor ticket sales ( despite their attempts to blame the weather. ) I am amazed they now have the nerve to ask the public to bale them out now that their venue has failed too. I'm part of a collective of musicians and DJ's based in Brighton and nobody has a good word to say about them, in fact so many have been let down with payments that we agreed to boycott the Blind Tiger a year ago. There are lots of great venues in Brighton we won't miss it for a second. Good riddance to them. Mark Gladstone

9:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jimthedoorman says...

Mark Gladstone wrote:
Both Mr Lakka and his business partner Mr. Cassidy should be ashamed of themselves. They have failed to pay many of the artists they claim to support or even refund all the ticket holders unable to attend their festival when it was postponed due to poor ticket sales ( despite their attempts to blame the weather. )
I am amazed they now have the nerve to ask the public to bale them out now that their venue has failed too. I'm part of a collective of musicians and DJ's based in Brighton and nobody has a good word to say about them, in fact so many have been let down with payments that we agreed to boycott the Blind Tiger a year ago. There are lots of great venues in Brighton we won't miss it for a second. Good riddance to them.
Maybe a reason why Mr Cassidy was deleted from the list of directors in October, according to Companies House.
[quote][p][bold]Mark Gladstone[/bold] wrote: Both Mr Lakka and his business partner Mr. Cassidy should be ashamed of themselves. They have failed to pay many of the artists they claim to support or even refund all the ticket holders unable to attend their festival when it was postponed due to poor ticket sales ( despite their attempts to blame the weather. ) I am amazed they now have the nerve to ask the public to bale them out now that their venue has failed too. I'm part of a collective of musicians and DJ's based in Brighton and nobody has a good word to say about them, in fact so many have been let down with payments that we agreed to boycott the Blind Tiger a year ago. There are lots of great venues in Brighton we won't miss it for a second. Good riddance to them.[/p][/quote]Maybe a reason why Mr Cassidy was deleted from the list of directors in October, according to Companies House. jimthedoorman

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