The Polar Bear is coming back.

The popular Spring Bank music club has announced that it will reopen on August 24 after being closed for over a year.

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Financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced the venue to close in July last year after parent company VMS Live went into administration.

It was a dark day for Hull’s music scene as both The Polar Bear and The Welly announced its closure leaving fans devastated.

The Welly was rescued when Manchester-based Tokyo Industries bought the legendary venue in March earlier this year, opening its doors again once Freedom Day came on July 19.

As for The Polar Bear, it was the people of Hull who rallied together to save the iconic venue raising over £19,000 through Crowdfunder.

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In a statement, seven former workers who kickstarted the rescue mission of The Polar Bear wrote: “This was an incredible effort, and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put the money to good use.

“An integral part of securing The Bear, to enable its relaunch, was to spend a portion of the money raised on lease negotiations, legal fees and a whole host of other unavoidable costs.

The Polar Bear pub, Spring Bank
The Polar Bear in Spring Bank

“Thanks to the generous donations we are now able to sign the lease which will enable us to open the doors of the re-branded Polar Bear Music Club and launch as a Community Interest Company.

“Our aim is to continue to raise enough funds to become a self-sustaining, non-profit making community venue.”

However, the future of the club remains “on a knife edge” with plans to reopen with the remaining funds available and on a “shoe-string budget”.

“Don’t expect UV lights and lasers anytime soon,” the statement continued. “However, looking ahead, we do have lots of exciting and ambitious ideas that we’d love to bring to life, with HU5’s blessing.

“Our first task, to thank those who have supported us from the start of our crowdfunding mission, will be to contact everyone who is awaiting their crowdfunder reward.

“We’ll also be working on a membership scheme which will entitle our loyal customers to discounts and offers, whilst also helping us to continue to raise vital funds.

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“We appreciate that this has been a long time coming (we’ve been working on The Bear’s relaunch in our free-time) but thanks to your incredible support and patience, we’re now at the stage where we are ready to take the next steps towards re-opening.

"We can’t reiterate this enough. We are only able to reopen, purely because of Hull’s determination to keep The Bear alive. Thank you Hull.

“At present, the future of the venue continues to be on a knife edge, and your support is just as important now as it was when we first started to crowdfund.

“We will do everything that we can to make this venue a success. This is a venue for the city, and we welcome any ideas or contributions that you think will help to make a difference to the future of The Bear.”

The Polar Bear will reopen on August 24 and will initially be opening with their flagship events on Tuesdays and Saturdays with promises of more to come.

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