The Dove and Rainbow has been on the Sheffield LIVE MUSIC circuit for years now. The current Pub Company, Punch Taverns, wish to
trash the interior and refurbish it to become a more generic 'ordinary' Pub, serving food, removing the current stage, trashing the artwork and features, losing the pool table and jukebox and pinball. In short,
their plans are to refurbish the pub into something completely bland and different, losing one of Sheffield's landmark live music venues, and ripping out the custom built large stage and sound system (a stage and sound system many pubs would die for)
Sheffield has lost many of it's iconic live music venues over the last few years, and we don't want the Dove to be another of those lost venues.
While the Dove is in need of some interior work, it is felt by thousands of people now (see the petition below) that the current refurb plans by Punch destroy the heart and Soul of the venue.
The Dove has been on the live music circuit for local and National touring bands for over 12 years now, and has many music festivals and also it's own contribution to TRAMLINES. All this would be LOST
if the Pub Company get its way. There is simply NO NEED to create a generic, food driven pub right next door to Wetherspoons, who will always be able to underprice any food offer the Dove could do.
The Dove is a niche market venue, very popular with bands and gig goers, and we must protect it from being turned into something that might work on West Street, but is utterly wrong for the area of Hartshead next to Wetherspoons!
The timeline for this work is that the Dove will close at the end of June. if you are concerned that yet another Sheffield live music venue and iconic venue gets 'normalized', you can SIGN THE PETITION below. As of Friday this morning, we have 2,600
signatures to SAVE THE DOVE AND RAINBOW. Sign if you care about keeping this important live music venue alive and kicking.
if you want to come down and enjoy the Dove as it is, currently you have until the end of June before it is shuts. If you want to try and make a difference, and make the Pub Company realize that they should keep the Dove as a live music venue with its amazing stage and sound system, please sign the petition and be active on the facebook group below
In the meantime THE SHOW MUST GO ON. I am DJ as usual on Friday nights, the best in rock and metal, and the more the merrier!
SHEFFIELD STAR ARTICLE
SAVE THE DOVE AND RAINBOW AND KEEP IT ALTERNATIVE AND LIVE MUSIC VENUE
FACEBOOK GROUP TO SAVE THE DOVE