Bristol’s Noods Radio launches fundraiser to buy its home amid threat of eviction

Noods Radio has begun raising funds to save its Bristol headquarters.

Mickey Zoggs, the pub that houses the independent station, is at risk of closing its doors for good due to the lease ending. The platform has been told that it will need to buy the building if it wants to continue running. Noods needs £70,000 for the building's deposit. At the time of writing, it has reached £11,648 of its goal. If it's not able to secure the building, it will use the donations to purchase another space.

"We've been given an ultimatum," the Noods team wrote in the description of its Crowdfunder. "Buy the pub or get out! This is our chance to keep one of Bristol's third spaces within the hands of the community and remain a place for the people."

The statement continued: "Zoggs has become a hub for the local creative community, serving as a place for people to hang out, meet like minded people and discover music."

If Mickey Zoggs closes down, Noods will be forced to put a halt on all of its community projects. These include a programme to help women and non-binary people make their way into broadcasting and initiatives for young aspiring music industry professionals, as well as hosting close to 230 artists a month on the radio station.

Noods Radio began broadcasting in 2015 and found a home in Mickey Zoggs in 2021. That same year, it launched Noods Luvers, a membership scheme aimed to keep the station running. Since then, it's hosted local residents such as Daniella Vinci, Carol Selecta, Public Affair, Bokeh Versions, Avon Terror Corps and Pressure Dome

Earlier this year, Noods also started an artist development programme called Bloom.

Read Noods post about the situation below, and donate to their fundraiser via Crowdfunder.