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Popular city music pub ‘cannot open’

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 July 2020 | UPDATED: 18:12 10 July 2020

The Brickmakers in Norwich has remained shut as the landlords don't believe it is viable as just a pub without like music Picture: Archant

The Brickmakers in Norwich has remained shut as the landlords don't believe it is viable as just a pub without like music Picture: Archant

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The landlords of The Brickmakers say despite pubs being allowed to open they fear they will be forced to remain shut, until live music - a key part of their income - is able to return.

The Brickmakers in Sprowston Road, Norwich Picture: Denise BradleyThe Brickmakers in Sprowston Road, Norwich Picture: Denise Bradley

The Brickmakers, in Sprowston Road in Norwich, launched a Crowdfunder campaign in April to help cover its rent while it was shut and so far it has raised £6,000 of its £8,000 target.

The fundraiser was launched in partnership with the Music Venue Trust, as part of its Save Our Venues national campaign, and Norwich-based rock band Blind Tiger even produced a charity single for the pub.

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While many pubs across the country reopened on July 4, The Brickmakers has stayed closed as landlords Charley South, Pam South and Emma Rose don’t think it is viable unless live music can return.

Brickmakers pub landlady Charley South who has decided to keep the venue shut while they can't run gigs Picture: Simon FinlayBrickmakers pub landlady Charley South who has decided to keep the venue shut while they can't run gigs Picture: Simon Finlay

Charley South said: “We won’t get enough people in as we are a music venue with a pub and have about 20 regulars that come here to drink and that isn’t enough to cover our bills.

“We are desperate to reopen but if we do all our service contracts would come back and we would also have to buy beer and go back to paying full rent.

“Music is at the heart of everything we do and if we thought it was a viable option we would change our business model, but we had a meeting with our regional manager and they don’t see how it can work too.”

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The Brickmakers is an award-winning music pub, pictured is Charley and her mum Pam South (L-R) who run the pub with friend Emma Rose  Picture: Ian BurtThe Brickmakers is an award-winning music pub, pictured is Charley and her mum Pam South (L-R) who run the pub with friend Emma Rose Picture: Ian Burt

In the meantime, the pub’s rent continues to be deferred by owners Ei Publican Partnerships and the team is hopeful they will get a share of the recently announced £1.57bn support fund for the arts.

During lockdown, they say they have been “overwhelmed” by the support from their customers and have kept in touch with them by launching their own radio station.

A spokesman for Ei Publican Partnerships said: “We are continuing to work in close partnership with our publicans at The Brickmakers whilst they remain unable to trade due to them operating as a music venue.”

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