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SAVED: Popular Watford music venue reopens just weeks after closure

 Published on: 8th December 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A live music venue in Watford has reopened just weeks after the team thought they had closed their doors for good.

Staff at The Horns announced that they would be closing their doors on October 30 following the end of their lease and after having faced a number of challenges over the last few years.

However, after the news was announced, the Watford community rallied to save the pub. The owners subsequently set up a fundraising page to help clear the pub’s £50,000 debt.

Opening again on November 18, the pub welcomed Means of Escape, who performed for free and donated 100 per cent of ticket sales to the pub.Jane Giles, general manager of The Horns, said they are hoping to secure the future of the pub by becoming a community interest company (CIC), a type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.

She said: “The last two years have been absolutely horrendous; running a music venue in this day and age is very hard.

“The plan is to turn us into a CIC. We already do a lot in the community, so it shouldn’t be a problem converting to a CIC.”

Jane added that there will be a number of fundraising gigs coming, up with many bands generously donating their time.

She said: “I’m really excited about the gigs we’ve got coming up. Our customers and bands are out of this world. We are the only grassroots music venue in Watford, so it’s really important we keep it going.”

To find out more about the upcoming gigs, search ‘Horns Watford’ on Facebook. To donate to the fundraiser, visit their GoFundMe.

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