History: The Abyss was founded on the 17th of June in 2016. Gothenburg, Sweden’s “metal capital”, finally had a real, genuine, heavy metal bar that lived up to the city’s metal legacy. A bar and live venue by metalheadsfor metalheads (and for anyone else with curiosity and an open mind). The reputation of The Abyss quickly spread; first in Sweden, then Europe and beyond throughout the rest of the world. Praised both nationally and internationally for its authenticity and heart, unique atmosphere and its truly dedicated staff.
It has not been smooth sailing all the way though; like all new businesses the baby steps were a bit rough. A successful fundraiser festival not only showed the love and support that both bands and fans had for The Abyss and it was the start of the now legendary The Abyss Festival. The majority of profits from the bar went straight back into the bar and into the second (and third) edition of the festival. In November of 2018 Maya and her crew were forced to buy the place to stay alive. Massive debts due to necessary loans followed. Still things were slowly looking brighter and music loving rockers from all over rejoiced over the fact that it seemed like The Abyss were here to stay.
2020: Present day. The Covid-19 pandemic has not only taken lives, created paranoia and panic, it has also devastated the bar and music venue scene all around the world. The Abyss is also critically affected by it and is now on the very brink of extinction. Lots of customers (even healthy young ones) have stayed away in self-quarantine and the income has plummeted. Currently they earn in one whole week what they normally made in in one busy Friday or Saturday night before the outbreak. The government of Sweden has been hinting at issuing some financial aid for small businesses but it will be too little too late at this rate. This situation is especially disastrous since The Abyss pays invoices retroactively; invoices from before the pandemic outbreak has to be paid with the next to no earnings they get now.
The Future: The Abyss’ dire situation is unfortunately not unique in these trying times...but The Abyss’ existence in itself is unique, and together we can help to keep it that way. So if you feel heavyhearted by the thought of Gothenburg without The Abyss, if you’ve ever visited a great show there, if you’ve ever had a really good time there or if you want to visit in the future but haven’t had the chance yet; please lend them a hand. No amount of help is too small; every donation no matter what size is felt deeply in the hearts of The Abyss’ crew.
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