GLASGOW venue The Hug and Pint have announced their sudden closure in the wake of the escalating situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus.

The venue on Great Western Road will be closed as of today (Tuesday 17th March) until further notice. The venue’s closure will affect all currently listed shows.

In response to the news, The Hug and Pint have set up an online Hardship Fund to support its staff via a crowd fundraising page. Donate HERE.

An official statement from the venue reads:

“As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance. However, this incredibly difficult decision has not been made lightly, and our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.

“With this in mind, we will set up a Hardship Fund for staff to support them while the venue is closed. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially while trying to safeguard and protect the future of the venue.

The venue is encouraging everyone in the community who is able and willing to show their support – and wants to play a part in safeguarding the future of The Hug and Pint – to donate generously to the fund.

In return, donations will be rewarded with Hug and Pint-related items and other incentives for larger donations, should donors be able to help.

This will include Hug and Pint merchandise, limited edition posters, concert packages and other unique items. Please visit the official fundraising page for full details.

Any updates and details on potential re-opening will be made via Hug and Pint socials/website.

Thank you, and please take care of yourselves,

The Hug and Pint”

With the recent outbreak set to hit the music industry extremely hard, we urge readers to support artists, venues, labels and those affected in any way they can – by streaming, purchasing music, buying merchandise and ore.

Support one of Glasgow’s finest venues and donate to the crowdfunder here.