Our doors in Edinburgh and Glasgow have been closed since March 2020.
Our Newcastle venue did reopen in late summer for a few months before lockdown was reinstated in England.
That’s a whole year without live gigs - apart from the few reduced capacity shows in Newcastle. A whole year without customers and the £4M income that we’d normally generate from ticket and bar sales, most of which goes to pay performers, local suppliers and our staff.
The Stand has only been able to survive due to the grants that we received from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, and the huge support that we have received from our loyal followers.
This financial support has helped us to offset the losses incurred to date and the losses that we expect to incur between now and whenever we’re allowed to reopen.
We cant wait to reopen - once the UK and Scottish Governments allow us to. At the moment we’re waiting for further information on reduced capacities and social distancing requirements that will be in place in May/June when the routemaps suggest that we might be able to open our doors.
In the meantime, we are still reliant on the government support that is available to business that have been affected by lockdown.
Your support has helped us survive, pay the acts and production companies involved in the Saturday Night Live At The Stand shows, and keep paying our staff as much as possible, for as long as possible
You, the people, were quicker to support us financially than the government funding bodies.
You can continue to support us by covering the costs of the livestream shows.
We hope to repay your generosity and bring live comedy and good times back to you as soon as we can.