Blackpool music venue fans pull Motorhead mini artic truck to raise funds for its future

LancsLive - Latest news, sport, business and more from Lancashire

The truck has its own “Lemmy” driver inspired by the Airborne music video in which the Motorhead frontman is chased by the cops

 

"Lemmy" driving the Waterloo Music Bar truck inspired by the music video by Airborne 'Runnin' Wild'
“Lemmy” driving the Waterloo Music Bar truck inspired by the music video by Airborne ‘Runnin’ Wild’ (Image: Waterloo Music Bar)

A struggling Blackpool music venue is due to get a financial boost from an unusual source as it tries to recover from the Covid pandemic.

Supporters of The Waterloo music bar will be pulling a truck from Bolton to Blackpool at the end of the month to help with its future after it missed out on government funding during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Waterloo Road venue is an independent grassroots music space ran by musicians for musicians and has been fighting for its survival financially for over 12 months.

The bar closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions and as Managing Director Ian Fletcher did not have a full 12 month record of book-keeping the venue missed the funding requirements by a month.

Amazing lockdown transformation at Lemmy's Bar in Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Amazing lockdown transformation at Lemmy’s Bar in Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (Image: Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool)

The bar was only 11% of UK grassroots venues that were unsuccessful in securing the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Musicians and music lovers have since come out in their droves to support the bar which is reportedly one of the fastest growing music venues in the UK since it opening in 2015.

Motorhead logo in the process of being painted onto the windows of the mini artic
Motorhead logo in the process of being painted onto the windows of the mini artic (Image: Waterloo Music Bar)

The establishment houses the only Motorhead-themed bar in the UK after staff built ‘Lemmy’s bar’ which has inspired one customer to come up with his own unique way to help.

Owner Ian Fletcher said: “We were contacted by an artist called Phil Frain from Bolton who’s a fan of our venue and also creates mini articulated trucks.

“He created it in his front garden and the pictures really don’t do it justice, you have to see it in person.

Phil Frain from Bolton constructed the mini artic 'Motorhead' truck in his front garden
Phil Frain from Bolton constructed the mini artic ‘Motorhead’ truck in his front garden (Image: Waterloo Music Bar)

“It’s Motorhead themed inspired by our Lemmy’s bar and also by the Airborne music video Runnin’ Wild in which Lemmy is featured driving a truck and is chased by the cops.

“Phil’s got everything spot on from his outfit to the sunglasses. It’s fantastic.

“He didn’t even ask us beforehand he just said he wanted to do it to support us and now we’re using it as part of a truck pull to raise money to help keep the venue alive.”

The cab part of the Motorhead mini truck parked next to a car for scale
The cab part of the Motorhead mini truck parked next to a car for scale (Image: Waterloo Music Bar)

The truck will be pulled by three teams of six the full 40 miles finishing at Blackpool Tower then on to its future home at Waterloo Road.

The truck is currently 5ft tall and 15ft long and people are invited to join the pull at various points and take a photos with the artic miniature.

The trailer behind the truck also has advertising space and businesses are invited to enquire about this with Waterloo Music Bar.

The back of the Motorhead mini truck for Waterloo Music Bar
The back of the Motorhead mini truck for Waterloo Music Bar (Image: Waterloo Music Bar)

The event will begin on July 31 from 5am, around the same time when plenty of rockers will be in town for the Blackpool festival Rockmantic.

The music venue has a number of prominent gigs coming up throughout the year such as Buckcherry and the Buzzcocks however in terms of funding it still in urgent need of help.

Sponsorships and donations are welcome.

To find out more about the Motorhead miniature truck pull and donate to Waterloo Music Bar’s future, please visit the Go Fund Me page here.