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London's The Crobar Documentary Film Announced, Crowdfunder Raises 40,000

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

A documentary about The Crobar is on the way.

Music When The Lights Go Out is a film directed by filmmakers Lucy Brown and Andrew Wildey remembering the famous central London rock pub, which announced that it was closing its doors in September 2020. It'll premiere here at 8pm GMT on January 27. Check out the trailer below.

"We had a huge response of photos, videos and stories from people who miss The Crobar and who used to party in the Golden Triangle of Rock 'n' Roll,” said Brown. "Reading the messages from people remembering better times really struck us with what was being lost to the pandemic. I think everyone knows and loves a place like The Crobar. As Richard says in the film – it's not about the four walls, it’s about the people, and I think now we should take an "all hands on deck” attitude when it comes to supporting the live music venue industry."

Richard Thomas, proprietor of The Crobar, added:

"I've been here for 20 years and am so overwhelmed by the support. When Lucy approached me to do a documentary about the bar and Soho, I was overcome with emotion as it just demonstrated to me again exactly how important it is to reopen in this area so that people can see their friends and rock families again – and get home safely. Soho is the epicentre for many to travel to their respective homes, safely, which is another reason why The Crobar needs to remain here.

"I have to admit, I did a little dance when we hit £40,000, as it gave me hope and more determination to save Soho and reopen The Crobar. I know we meant a lot to our customers, but I didn’t realise just how much! People want a proper Rock 'n' Roll bar to remain in Soho. Otherwise, where else will they go? There is so much history here and it does feel to many that all roads in London lead to this area. Rock and Roll will never die, but if we don't fight to keep its integrity and quirkiness, then we will just fall victim to faceless gentrification eradicating everything Soho has stood for: tolerance and individuality, love, and Rock 'n' Roll for all."

Artists who have visited The Crobar over the years include Dave Grohl, Slash, Alice Cooper, Slayer's Kerry King, Gwar, and Kid Rock, as well as pop superstars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, among many others.

In related news, a Crowdfunder campaign set up in October 2020 to help The Crobar re-open after the coronavirus pandemic has passed the £40,000 mark of its overall £95,000 goal. For more information, check out the fundraising page

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