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Cellars at Eastney Is Saved - Spread The Word!!





It’s been over a year since it was announced that The Cellars at Eastney was to be sold by Enterprise Inns, leaving it with an uncertain future.
 
However, on Tuesday 13 Sept 2011, the very day the pub co  were claiming to be auctioning the site, the freehold transfer to MLC Property Mangement Ltd was completed.

 A spokesman for the company said ‘We are delighted to have finally secured the freehold of The Cellars so that the team there can continue to provide live music for their audiences for many years to come’.
 
Steve Pitt, who surrendered the lease of the site in November last year, but was kept on to programme the live music whilst MLC sought to conclude the purchase, said ‘it’s a huge relief. There has been so much speculation about what was happening and it’s been bad for business. Now the truth is out there, I’m hoping the audiences will return to support our superb programme of live music, comedy and theatre, alongside a few ‘pub’ days for the locals. As a free house, the draught beer prices will drop significantly making The Cellars an even better value night out. Bar Manager Gareth Clelland also remains in post.
 
The Eastney music venue has an incredible track record in attracting big names to their small room. Over the years, Glenn Tilbrook, Hugh Cornwell, Nik Kershaw, Wilko Johnson, Hazel O’Connor, The Blow Monkeys, Alabama 3, Albert Lee, Midge Ure, Right Said Fred, Jan Akkerman and many more have spent a night at the venue and all have loved performing there. Bluetones front-man Mark Morriss was a vocal campaigner for The Cellars to be saved and hopes to return there once again this Christmas.
 
What are the venue’s plans for the next few months? ‘More of the same.’ says Steve. ‘We will always look for the very best artists across all genres as well as doing all we can to help the local bands and artists to develop.’ 
 
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. singer Sam Duckworth helps launch the new season next Tuesday and Missing Andy, John Otway, Dean Friedman, Willie Nile, Rubylux, Miles Hunt, 3 Daft Monkeys, Mamas Gun, The Silver Beatles, Roddy Radiation, The Small Fakers and Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg, all take to the  Cellars’ stage before the end of the year. ‘There is nowhere else in the city can you see local bands, comedy, theatre, Folk, Soul, Funk, Rock, Indie, Electro, Americana, Punk, Pop, Ska, Singer-songwriters, Blues and Jazz and more all under one roof in such an intimate environment’ says Steve. ‘Now we know the future, we can get on with doing what we do best. All we need is the support of the people of Portsmouth to keep The Cellars as a successful venue. Fingers crossed!’