Hot Box was the venue when, in January 2020, this blog* took the plunge into gig promotion and set up a headline show for Giant Drag.
This was back in the day when COVID-19 was mostly in the news as a problem in other countries. Just a few weeks later the UK was in lockdown. After emerging from that uncertain period, the country now finds itself in a cost-of-living crisis.
A few years of economic turbulence that hammered companies of all sizes, but especially harmful to a <100 capacity music venue trying to establish itself.
Hot Box Crowdfund appeal
Now the owner, Dave Hughes, has issued a crowdfund appeal to secure its immediate future. It comes at a time when most people must budget even more carefully. But any donation, or a visit to the fantastic venue (and its incredibly well-stocked bar), or even to share this appeal on social media will help. Please click here for details.
It’s difficult to believe that a town the size of Chelmsford cannot support one dedicated music venue. We can look back misty eyed to the places we used to have. The Y Club, Army & Navy, The Placcy, The Triangle, and The Box at the Post Office. Now the county town faces the prospect of none at all.
Entertainment for all!
And we mustn’t forget there is so much more going on at Hot Box:
- quizzes and games nights
- poetry readings
- chess events
- drag and cabaret
- stand-up comedy
- music industry training
- and much more.
Something for most everyone.
So, if you live locally and you haven’t been … now’s the time to get down. If you are reading this miles away, please take some time to donate. It’s a great cause. At the time of writing, the fund stands at 38% of the target total. There are two weeks left for the appeal to run. Thanks for your time.
*Obviously it would be negligent to not mention this blog’s next promotion. The fantastic psych-folk trio Sairie will be playing at Hot Box at the next Folk Sunday on, July 16. Please purchase tickets here.