An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to support the employees of both The Worcester Palladium and Webster theatre, two venues in New England that have been hosts to thousands of metal, hardcore, and rock shows and countless other events for decades. Both venues are operated by Mass Concerts, and the fundraiser is to bring relief aid to their workers due to the cancellation from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to hosting now retired events such as The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Rock N Shock Convention, last years amazing Self Help Fest by A Day To Remember the venues have hosted bands such as Blink-182, Bring Me The Horizon, Chelsea Grin, Ensiferum, Evanescence, Eyes on Satellites, Fall Out Boy, Fathom Farewell, Four Year Strong, Gov’t Mule, Gwar, Hatebreed, Ice Nine Kills, In Honor Of, Jerry Garcia Band, Jimmy Eat World, Kanye West, King Diamond, Korn, Logic, Motionless in White, My Chemical Romance, Nightwish, Of Mice & Men, Periphery, Protest the Hero, Reveille, Rob Zombie, Senses Fail, Sic Vita, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, Soundgarden, Straight Line Stitch, Suicide Silence, Twelve Foot Ninja, Twenty One Pilots, Tyler The Creator, Whitechapel, Wiz Khalifa, and Years Since the Storm. Please donate if you can and read a statement from the venues management below.
To our loyal patrons & fans, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to greatly impact every sector of our lives, it has become increasingly more apparent that the negative impact specifically on the live music industry is far greater than many of us could have ever imagined. With this said, both our respective venues, The Palladium in Worcester, MA, and The Webster in Hartford, CT have been forced to close our doors since early March.
Due to this, the majority of our incredible employees have been displaced from work and are facing the uncertainty of when they will be able to return. While we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume having events as early as this summer, the stark reality is we still do not have a definitive timeline of when we will be able to do so and how and to what degree governmental restrictions may limit the scale of our operations.
For the reasons above, we have decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to provide financial assistance to the impacted employees of both venues and to also help offset some of the large operational costs that we will continue to incur indefinitely until we are able to safely reopen. Our employees are what make our venues what they are and we truly hope to support them during this trying time in whatever capacity we can.
We will get through together and we can’t wait for live music to come back to life in New England. Any donation or even just sharing this post is greatly appreciated.
Stay safe & healthy,