LONDON’S 900-capacity Union Chapel in Islington has extended its crowdfunding goal from £50,000 to £100,000, after receiving £40,000 from an online fundraising concert by Frank Turner and his singer wife Jess Guise.
The show was part of Turner’s #IndependentVenueLove campaign, which has seen him stream live performances of his albums from his home once a week to support independent venues hit by the coronavirus crisis.
With pews for seats and a huge stained glass rose window above the stage, the Grade 1 listed building has hosted shows by artistes such as Peter Green, Katie Melua, Nick Lowe, Ray Davies, Fairport Convention and McAlmont & Butler.
Closed by the lockdown on 18 March, the Union Chapel Needs You! crowdfunding campaign had raised £54,000 from more than 3,000 supporters.
CEO Michael Chandler says, “As an independent space, Union Chapel relies largely on box office which supports our extensive community work and maintaining our beautiful building. We need to fundraise to survive over the next few months.”