Printworks club demands ‘urgent review’ after missing out on coronavirus bailout cash

Josh Salisbury (29 October, 2020)

The venue says it is confused why it did not get any of the support

39964© Photography by Jake Davis

Printworks in Canada Water has called for a review after failing to get support from a government arts recovery fund.

The club says it is confused at not receiving support from the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund, a £500m bailout fund for businesses in the arts severely impacted by Covid.

To be eligible, businesses have to have been viable before coronavirus, and were at risk of imminent closure because of the pandemic.

The popular venue, on the site of the former Daily Mail printing operation in Harmsworth Quay, is now calling for the decision to be “urgently reviewed.”

“As many of you are aware, Printworks’ application for the recent round of the CRF which also included other Broadwick Live venues (including The Drumsheds London, Exhibition London and Depot Mayfield in Manchester) was unsuccessful,” said the venue in a statement.

“We pride ourselves on being a brand that upholds the importance of music and culture in the lives of so many. 

“For the past four years, Printworks has provided a platform for countless artists, both established and emerging, bringing unforgettable experiences to the thousands of music fans we have had the pleasure of inviting through our doors.”

Printworks sold tickets across 54 countries last year, the venue added, calling itself “home to some of the country’s standout moments in dance music culture.”

In May, Printworks had applied to the council for a capacity increase to be allowed to hold even bigger events post-lockdown.

However, nightclubs are still barred from operating.

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