Appeal to save Snooty Fox from closure

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The owner of one of Wakefield’s most renowned live music venues is appealing for help to save it from closure.

Malcolm Shipman, who has run the Snooty Fox on Brunswick Street for the last 12 years, says he is struggling to raise the £15,000 he needs to keep the bar going.

He said: “The business has gone into debt, I don’t mind saying so. I’ve struggled hard to get it through but we still haven’t recovered from the recession, it’s been a double dip for us.

“As other venues open it parts the crowd a little bit and every penny that goes out of my till and into someone else’s puts us on a slope downwards.

“I want to keep live music and especially rock music alive for the community, I want this venue to survive.”

The venue opened in 2001 but Mr Shipman said since the recession in 2008 numbers and profits had fallen and he had to take out a large loan to keep the business afloat.

Mr Shipman, a former Wakefield rock DJ, launched an online appeal in July to help raise money and it has already reached more than £700.

He said if he reaches his £15k target the money will go towards upgrading the building and getting bigger bands to play.

The venue has previously hosted popular bands including Evile, from Huddersfield, former Iron Maiden lead singer Blaze Bayley and LA Guns, but Mr Shipman said he hadn’t been able to secure a big-name band since 2009.

He said: “I want to clear all the debt so I can pay for bigger and better bands to come and play, it’s just not possible at the moment.”

The Snooty Fox has six broadcast cameras so it can live stream performances on its website. Customers are also given the chance to buy a DVD after gigs at the bar.

To make a donation to Mr Shipman’s appeal visit www.gofundme.com/d7x7s0