Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gig gives Doghouse hope

THE VIEW headlined a benefit gig for the Doghouse at Fat Sams Live in Dundee on Saturday.

The Dryburgh foursome were supported by Doghouse favourites Luva Anna, Dave?, The Goodnights and The Twist during the four-hour gig, which was watched by more than 1000 screaming music fans.

The sell-out gig, which follows last week’s live fund-raiser at the Whitehall Theatre, means organisers have now raised enough money to pay off the Doghouse’s outstanding debts.

Promoter Jonathan Dawson, entertainment manager at the now-closed Brown Street venue, said there is every chance the troubled venue could reopen as early as next weekend.

“Between this gig and last week’s gig we’ve raised enough to pay off the debts in full and will have enough money to reopen,” Mr Dawson said.

“We are now hoping to reopen next Friday.”

The 350-capacity Doghouse closed its doors in March after the licensee, Sarah Hill, fell behind in paying rates to the council.

The council claimed she owed more than £10,000 in unpaid non-domestic rates.

It is understood that, while Ms Hill will continue to play a pivotal role in the running of the live music venue once it reopens, Connie Gibson will be the new leaseholder.

Mr Dawson continued, “We are all looking forward to reopening, but first we are going to enjoy this night.

“This is a sell-out gig and probably the biggest show I’ve ever organised.”

The Courier, 4th May 2009


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