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Mello Mello gazumped

'Better offer' deals body blow to survival fight

Written by . Published on April 23rd 2013.

Mello Mello gazumped

OPTIMISTIC talk of benefit gigs, support from celebrity arts chums and appeals to any rich Liverpool speculators were rife in Mello Mello last week.

We are now facing prices that we will not be able to negotiate given the current funds available to us

As part of the fight to keep this hugely popular grassroots cultural venue in the hands of those who built it up from nothing, hundreds pledged money, from £5 to £3,000, towards the deposit to buy their building. 

If it had have been the thousands who "liked" the pledge page but did nothing, it might be a different story today.

The Slater Street premises is currently in the hands of the receivers after the owners of it and dozens more Ropewalks properties, went bust.

But after their offer was accepted, MelloMello have now been told, actually, they can forget it.

A higher bid from an unknown source has been lodged and accepted - and although that might signal all bets are off, the people behind Mello are adamant their quest will go on, for now.

Mello Mello campaign takes a serious knock

Mello Mello campaign takes a serious knock

Mello said in a statement:

 “To say that the support Mello Mello has received this past fortnight is overwhelming would be an understatement. We have all been greatly touched, empowered and bolstered by not only the generous donations but also the resilient and positive attitude of all who have offered guidance, ideas and support.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that our previously accepted offer has now been declined in favour of a new, higher offer. We do not know who has gazumped us, but we are now facing prices that we will not be able to negotiate given the current funds available to us.

“Rob, Laura, Jo and Adam would like to stress that we will obviously do all we can to continue this fight, and that this slight set-back in the preferred flow of play does not signal an end or ultimate defeat; we will have to see what happens and what options become available to us.

Mello Mello New
“As stated below, should we be ultimately unsuccessful in our initial aim of purchasing the building, we will use any money raised by this campaign to continue the business either in the current building under new landlords (should they allow us to stay) or somewhere new.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

LarryApril 23rd 2013.

This is very disheartening news and will make it that much harder to keep Mello going as we all know and love. Where were all those people who signed up to the petition to keep it going but didn't sign up for a couple of quid? It could have made all the difference once the deposit had been accepted. I hope that the campaign goes on, including trying to get a huge headliner for a benefit gig. Don't give up hope. It's still worth fighting for.

AnonymousApril 23rd 2013.

If a new cafe/club moves in it wont get any business from Mello regulars. They have a great following who I'm sure will follow them wherever they go. How about the old Korova on Hope Street or Magnet?

AnonymousApril 23rd 2013.

Not heard the word gazump since the days of the property boom. People who accept offers of gazumpers are evil people and may those who covet the goods of others fall on their swords.

AnonymousApril 23rd 2013.

So no chance of giving people their money back then?

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AnonymousApril 23rd 2013.

On the pledge page on indigogo, they said from the outset that if they didn't reach the target then they would use the money to set up somewhere else.

Sentimental SapApril 23rd 2013.

Sad...whatever they did, someone ripped off another button. They've got a loyal crowd; they'll find a new space.

John MorganApril 24th 2013.

Everywhere Money speaks.....it speaks LOUD and Nothing Else Matters one jot. Money rules YOU, Rules the World. You're a number, a nothing

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AnonymousApril 24th 2013.

communism failed John - its time to move on.

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