Major Lincoln music venue is awarded financial support from government’s culture recovery fund

A major Lincoln music venue has received central government funding to help them through covid-19.

Following a successful application, The Engine Shed received £ 53,760 from the Cultural Restoration Fund following a successful application in the second round of funding.

Funding was provided by the Government’s Digital Culture, Media and Sports Department.

It was founded last year and continues to support venues and organizations that have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

Machine House General Manager James Brooks said, “It’s hard to believe that we haven’t fully opened the doors of the machine house to the public in over a year and that we are still seeing almost all of our revenue stream cutting off.

“The initial £ 202,609 we received in October enabled us to pay our rent, utility bills, insurance, etc and to be able to open up in a safe manner when we are entitled to.

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“This important additional £ 53,760 means we can keep going until we can hopefully reach full capacity on June 21st.”

The entertainment and hospitality sectors across the country have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.

Hopefully indoor venues can host a summer program of performances and events later this year if the government schedule to relax Covid restrictions is followed.

The Engine Shed is the largest live music and events venue in Lincolnshire with a total capacity of 2,300 people, but has not hosted any major events since March 2020 when the pandemic broke out.

The facility has been operated by the Uni of Lincoln Students’ Union since 2014.

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The historic venue opened in 2006 and has brought big names to town like Florence and the Machine, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Carr, Dizzee Rascal, Russell Howard, Happy Monday, Jack Garratt and Jason Manford, making it a point of cultural importance power in the region.

Howard is currently scheduled for three nights in the shed between June 15th and 17th.

The venue is slated for later this year and will welcome a larger and more diverse selection of acts than ever, including popular Becky Hill, Paul Weller, Manchester band Blossoms, Enter Shikari and TV regular comedian Jon Richardson.

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