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Dublin Castle reopens after funding boost

Music Venues Trust has been campaigning to get aid for virus-hit businesses

27 August, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Madness visiting one of their favourite pubs

CAMDEN Town’s Dublin Castle has reopened in the week it secured a major funding boost.

The Parkway pub – which helped launch the careers of bands like Madness, Coldplay and singer Amy Winehouse – is hoping to restart live performances from its famous music venue next month.

It was awarded £78,583 from the government’s new Culture Recovery Fund following lobbying by the Music Venues Trust.

Landlord Henry Conlon said: “We’ve been here since 1974. The music has changed. But venues like ours are still ballrooms of romance for this generation. We hope to have live music in September but that’s only if we can do it safely for the musicians and staff – and for the punters.”

The bar has been kitted out with “sneeze screens” and there is optional PPE for staff.

Henry Conlon

The funding will help ease the burden of a renovation, committed to before the lockdown, and repairs to the roof. The pub has been shut since March and has not been able to claim any business relief grants or discretionary funding during the lockdown.

“We didn’t get a sausage,” said Mr Conlon. “So this is very welcome – I cannot believe the support we have had from Music Venues Trust. They have been tirelessly going at it to make this happen.”

Several other venues in Camden have been awarded emergency funding to help stay afloat.

The Hampstead Jazz Club in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton was awarded £4,000, the Camden Assembly in Chalk Farm £16,900, The Fiddler’s Elbow in NW5 almost £30,000, and the Jazz Cafe, which has crowdfunded almost £150,000 to pay its £31,000 monthly rent and costs, got £18,000.


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