June 2014

THANK YOU!June 24, 2014

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The Salts performing at last year’s Street Party

A big thank you to everyone that has signed and shared our petition, to keep The Boileroom open – we really appreciate everyone’s support and are truly grateful to each and every one of you.

A lot of people have been asking how they can help further than signing the petition and sharing via social networks. We are asking that those that feel comfortable to write a letter or email of support to Licensing at Guildford Borough Council, referencing the licensing conditions that we adhere to rigorously, and the management of the venue including noise, would be greatly appreciated – the more voices we can raise the better!

To email, the address is: licensing@guildford.gov.uk, with info@theboileroom.net cc-ed (so we can keep a copy for our records). or written letters can be posted to this address (please do send us a copy too if possible): Licensing Department, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB.

Our good friends at Music Venues Trust are also running a petition to see a change in the law, to review the current legislation of noise abatement orders. If their petition gains 100,000 signatures or more it will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee in Parliament. This is a nationwide problem, that is not only affecting ourselves, but fellow independent venues like The Fleece in Bristol, Night and Day Cafe in Manchester, the Blind Tiger in Brighton, Tin Pan Alley in Camden, who are also facing similar issues- we all need your help to keep music live!


The Boileroom Team



Sign the petition HERE

We have put together this petition to save our venue, Guildford’s only alternative and independent live music venue.

Our family run venue was opened in 2006, and is managed by a collective of people who believe the venue provides a much needed creative space for the local community; encouraging and supporting local bands and nurturing upcoming talent.

Our fairly new neighbours, who rent the house adjacent to the venue have put in an application to review our license, with the direct intention and request that the council revoke our license with immediate effect. Their message is very clear: they want to shut us down. They believe we are in breach of our license conditions. We believe we manage the venue to a high standard with significant consideration for the local community.

Since 2013, over 25,000 music fans have walked through our doors; The M.U, Creative Café, local schools including St Peter’s, George Abbott, and County School have all hired our venue. We have hosted charity fundraising nights for the likes of Macmillan Cancer trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, Oxjam, and so many more. We have held free community events monthly for years, matinee shows for Under 18s and a yearly street party.

Situated in a residential area, from the outset we have always been very proactive and conscious that what we do does not adversely affect the lives of our local residents, to that end we have a great relationship with the majority of our neighbours. This review is being sought by 2 people.

We take our licensing conditions very seriously, and we are constantly updating and improving our soundproofing and management of events. In 2010 owner Dominique Frazer was awarded the Trude Adler award from the Noise Abatement Society by Mike Weatherly MP for Portslade and Hove; for our community approach to running our live music venue with sensitivity, insight and consideration for the local community; something which we consistently strive to do.

In 2012, Dominique Frazer was also nominated for the Community Spirit Individual under the Local Heroes Community Spirit Awards 2012 by local radio station 96.4 Eagle (an honour voted for by their listeners). In the year 2012-2013, Surrey Heath Area Partnership for Education (S.H.A.P.E) also awarded us a certificate of appreciation for our support and guidance to students participating in their work experience scheme through various schools across Surrey.

As I’m sure everyone is aware, it is hard running an independent venue with no funding. We have all read recently about other local venues that have come under fire from situations similar to ours, and other independent venues that are struggling under the recession, and we are no different – it is a challenge.

It is time to take action, to stand up for what you believe in. Save YOUR local music venue. Thank you for reading this, and thank you taking the time to sign.

The Boileroom x

Sign the petition HERE

The Xcerts and Rob Lynch just announced!

Drum roll please…The Xcerts are back with a brand-spanking new album, baby! And they’ll be touring it this July, and making a welcome return to the venue on 16th. Tickets now onsale from here, here and here.

But that’s not all, folks! London-based punk rock troubadour Rob Lynch will be taking to the stage this October as part of a headline tour, following his debut album release in September, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, out via Xtra Mile Recordings 22nd Sept. Tickets now onsale here, here and here!



Self recording, self releasing and crowd funding – this is the Kickstarter for Trails debut album ‘Crooked Trees’!

In the year Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and Danny Dyer’s career bottoms out with a starring role in Eastenders, Trails decide to release their non eponymous debut album! In the face of unpopular demand, we’re back!

We need your help to fund the release of our debut album – from the recording costs that rack up, to the pressing and printing costs of vinyls and CDs, it don’t come cheap. Everything we do is self funded, and we can only continue to write and release music with your help!



HACKTIVISTJune 16, 2014

Hacktivist are back to tear it up and bring the noise this December as part of their UK tour. Tickets are now onsale here, here and here – get in there quick!