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SUMMER OPENING: July - September // Every Fri & Sat + any other day when we have events. Check Events Calendar for details.

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// About us

Empty Shop CIC is a non profit arts organisation in the North East of England and based in Durham City. We deilver exhibitions & events, collaborate on projects and run a licenced cultural venue. Formed in 2008, Empty Shop is completely independent and unfunded by choice. ...read more

// Upcoming Events

Aug
29
Fri
Friday nights at HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 30 @ 12:30 am

ESHQ FridaysHQ is open every Friday & Staurday night. As event led, cultural venue there is likely to be an exhibition or event taking place in our front room but our bar is always open for those looking for good people and good music.

Check out the calendar for events info or just pop along for a few drinks and the usual Empty Shop vibe.

 

Aug
30
Sat
Saturday nights at HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 12:30 am

SatHQ is open every Friday & Staurday night. As event led, cultural venue there is likely to be an exhibition or event taking place in our front room but our bar is always open for those looking for good people and good music.

Check out the calendar for events info or just pop along for a few drinks and the usual Empty Shop vibe.

 

Sep
2
Tue
Chris Clavin (Ghost Mice, Plan-it-X Records) songs and stories + more TBC @ Empty Shop HQ
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm

CCCHRIS CLAVIN
http://www.plan-it-x.com/
http://ghostmice.bandcamp.com/
Chris is the co-founder of legendary US DIY punk label Plan-it-X Records, which recently celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary. He has also played in loads of bands (including Ghost Mice). He is also an incredible artist who has done work for millions of great bands. He is also the author of the brilliant punk rock memoir ‘Free Pizza For Life’. He’s going to be at EMPTY SHOP in Durham, reading from his book, telling stories and playing some songs. He’s our mate. This will be a really great, don’t miss it.

Plus support from:
TRAVELS BY TELEPHONE
http://travelsbytelephone.bandcamp.com/
The Jamie-est of Wilsons doing twiddly lovely York folk. been ages since he played in Durham. He played an Empty Shop related show years ago by candlelight on one of the college basketball courts. It’s always magical. This time he’ll be doing songs and poetry. A real treat!

NO DITCHING (Acoustic set)
http://noditching.bandcamp.com/
An acoustic incarnation of Durham all-grrrl radge-pop sensations. Expect acoustic versions of their punk bangers covering topics such arseholes, dickheads, rats and other class stuff.

YOUNG PROPERTY DEVELOPERS
http://theyoungpropertydevelopers.bandcamp.com/
lovely witty charming ramshackle anti-folk indie-pop

Facebook event – click here

 

Sep
5
Fri
Friday nights at HQ @ Empty Shop HQ
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 12:30 am

ESHQ FridaysHQ is open every Friday & Staurday night. As event led, cultural venue there is likely to be an exhibition or event taking place in our front room but our bar is always open for those looking for good people and good music.

Check out the calendar for events info or just pop along for a few drinks and the usual Empty Shop vibe.

 

// Latest news

 

The Jazz Sessions

April 2, 2014

We are starting a monthly Jazz session this month with a view to establish regular gigs in Durham City. The Jazz Sessions will take place...

 

DIY Youth Co-Op Launches

January 22, 2014

Could you be part of Durham’s next generation of DIY creative? From Thursday 6th Feb we’re starting a new initiative to help young people put...

 

XMAS and NYE at Empty Shop… PARTYYYYY!

December 6, 2013

December is a really busy month, we have loads going on so check out the calander for sure, but this post is about the parties...

 

Durham Book festival at Empty Shop HQ

September 27, 2013

We’ve gone Cuckoo for Durham Book Festival The Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Durham’s cultural calendar and while we’ve hosted the...