Docks Beers plan 200-seat venue for gigs and live comedy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Feb 2019

Docks Beers is hoping to open a "fabulous" live performance venue above its Grimsby tap room.

The brewing company wants to transform the empty first floor of its premises on King Edward Street into a "cultural hub".

Director Will Douglas said the redundant area could become a venue for comedy, music, theatre and exhibitions.

He said: "At the moment it's just empty space. We use it for storage. It's untouched so far because all the investment last year was downstairs.

"We have got 3,500 square feet with vaulted ceilings and arched windows. It gives the impression of the church this used to be."

Directors Shahram Shadan (left) and Will Douglas think the space could become an attraction (Image: Jon Corken/GrimsbyLive)

Docks Beers brought brewing back to Grimsby in August after a 50 year hiatus in production.

The brand, Axholme Brewing Company, has gone from strength to strength, with a tap room opening in October and now his latest plan is set to become reality.

Read more: Docks Beers takes flight with Eastern Airways as local businesses team up

It is hoped the performance space would complement the downstairs brewing operations, with a change of use application under consideration by North East Lincolnshire Council.

Adaptable to many uses, the new space would come with a stage and bar that could provisionally fit 200 people seated and 400 standing.

Will thinks it will give Grimsby's cultural scene a huge boost and attract "high calibre" acts from across the world of arts.

Directors Will Douglas, Mike Richards and Shahram Shadan at the official opening of Docks Beers back in September (Image: Jon Corken)

He also hopes it will attract audiences from as far a field as Hull, Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

He said: "I'm really, really excited. I think the general perception is there's a lack of cultural venues in Grimsby.

"We would love to create a place where people can come and see the arts.

"We want the Docks Beers brand to be associated with arts and culture that's taking place upstairs.

"To have this kind of venue in Grimsby is really going to attract really high calibre artists to perform here."

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