Staff vow to do all they can to keep venue open
STAFF are vowing to do everything they can to keep a Hull live music venue open – despite facing financial difficulties.
Hollywood and Vine in Beverley Road, Hull, has seen a number of rock acts play its stage and go on to perform at national festivals.
Members of staff are now encouraging the community to get behind the venue and manager Mac Tilley said he is determined to keep it open.
He said: "We have had quite a few financial problems but I didn't go into this for the money.
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"I have been working here for about two years and managing the bar for about six months.
"We are struggling to get people through the door and it is not because of the quality of music or the price of the drinks.
"I also pay the bands and look after expenses but there has been a downturn in trade.
"We have had nights with a DJ with only two people in the venue and we just can't operate like that."
Mr Tilley is disappointed by the turnout and says bands come from all over Europe to play to Hull fans at Hollywood and Vine.
He said: "It is becoming financially impossible to run but we have acts booked until November and interest in dates next year, so we will keep going and hope things turn around."
Fans have taken to Facebook to show their support for the venue and make suggestions for keeping it open.
One post reads: "Great news. I will make more of a point in coming in myself, I only live a minute away."
Another supporter wrote: "If there is anything we can do to keep it open, fundraising or whatever, then let everyone know.
"I am sure there would be a huge amount of us happy to help."
Bands performing at the venue in the coming weeks include heavy metal act Bloodwrath on Wednesday, July 18. The gig is free and doors open from 6pm.
An announcement from staff on the venue's Facebook page says: "Hollywood and Vine is still operating and will continue on a four-day week.
"If, however, after a period of time the numbers coming through the door do not pick up again, we will unfortunately have to close for financial reasons.
"We have seen a possible end to a place we have called our second home.
"I have personally seen so many amazing bands and people come through our doors and it has been brilliant.
"We have all made some lifelong friends in this place.
"It has been lovely seeing some of the Facebook posts from people mourning this possible loss.
"Hollywood and Vine should be a Hull institution.
"Long live Vine and watch this space."