'Worst summer ever' for Hull's famous Adelphi music club - but the show will go on
HULL'S Adelphi club is widely regarded as a legendary music venue but it has experienced its "worst summer ever".
Owner Paul Jackson has grafted for almost 30 years to build up its reputation and many famous acts have graced its stage, from Oasis to Franz Ferdinand.
But with music fans preferring to stay at home rather than watch live music, Mr Jackson has contemplated shutting the club.
It is not the first venue to struggle this summer as Lamp closed a few months ago and Hollywood And Vine in Beverley Road has reported significant losses.
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Paul, 58, said: "There has been a bit of a rallying call after huge losses week by week and the comments on Twitter are quite heartwarming.
"There have been unacceptable and unsustainable levels of borrowing from my family, which has brought me closer than ever before to throwing in the towel.
"We certainly couldn't sustain another summer such as this.
"There has been little in the way of pleasure for me these past few months."
Mr Jackson said it was hard to pinpoint the reason music fans are deserting the venue in De Grey Street, with national acts playing almost every night of the week.
He said: "What we need is extra income streams and, fortunately, we are on schedule for this to happen later on in the year with the release of the long-awaited Adelphi DVD.
"Hopefully this, combined with a swanky new website, will help us stagger through next summer and towards our 30th anniversary in 2014."
Earlier this year, BBC Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens broadcast a live show from the Adelphi with rising rock band Pulled Apart By Horses.
Focusing on its folklore and the legendary names that have taken to the stage, the event attracted a huge crowd of fans.
As for forthcoming shows, there are plenty of acts to watch from Scottish folk duo Twelfth Day to Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shelley, who are signed to record label Sub Pop of Nirvana fame.
Mr Jackson said: "The acts are often quite specialised and sometimes far too good to stand much chance of commercial success.
"We also do quite a lot of stuff that works brilliantly live, where the recorded work doesn't make sense until you actually see the performance.
"Over the years, we have had some huge acts play and my favourite corporate bands have been Radiohead and Pulp – they were great to work with.
"This is the place were 110 per cent performances are dragged out of people.
"I just hope we're turning a corner now."