Friday, August 07, 2009

Last Doghouse Gig

Dundee band The View are set to play the venue they call their "spiritual home" for the final time.

The Doghouse, which is known for giving up-and-coming acts a chance to showcase their talent, is closing down after being sold by the owners.

During their early days The View would rehearse, play to fans and practically live in the Brown Street venue.

A farewell gig is being held before staff clear out the building ahead of the closure on Monday.

The View, whose 2007 debut album Hats Off to the Buskers went to number one, will headline the goodbye gig.

Up-and-coming act The Law will also take to the stage.

Earlier this year, The Doghouse was closed down after the licensee ran up council rates debts.

Local bands, including The View, staged fundraising concerts and the 350 capacity venue re-opened in May.

The View's bassist Keiren Webster is saddened that there is no saving the Doghouse this time round, but is hopeful it will be resurrected somewhere else.

He said: "We are gutted as it has been a long road for Sarah[Hill, the manager] and the guys at the Dog, but we have faith that it is not the end and we are going to make sure we give it a right royal send off, and while everyone is saying goodbye to one era, hopefully we will be saying hello to the next."

Ms Hill, who took over the venue in 2004, added: "I'm not looking forward to taking the signs down, but we hope it will only be a temporary measure and that they will soon have a new home. We will be taking The Doghouse name with us.

"Further discussions will be taking place but I think we may have the new venue available to us to move in and re-open in around a month's time.

"It seems the only right thing to do as allowing The Doghouse doors to close forever is not an option.

"I think we are much more than just a music venue to the local community and hopefully we will continue to be so for many years to come."

BBC, 7th August 2009


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