During the ongoing pandemic, the music industry has taken a massive hit.
With concerts not being able to take place smaller venues that rely on the money from gigs to stay open, are facing imminent closure. There have been countless attempts to support the upkeep of venues, including hit not limited to the ‘Let The Music Play’ movement across social media and various social distanced gigs that have taken place at Newcastle’s Virgin Money Unity arena with huge names such as Sam Fender and The Libertines headlining.
The latest bid for the survival of grassroot venues are the ‘Passport: Back to our roots’ live shows’.
The Music Venue Trust has kicked off this campaign in order to raise money to stop venues from closing. The objective of the campaign is to have big names in small venues when it is safe to go and not have to social distance. There has been a huge amount of artists announced and supporting this movement, and you can see them perform at places such as the electric ballroom and the night and day cafe. The full list is:
- Elbow, Night and Day Cafe Manchester
- Everything Everything, Esquires Bedford
- Public Service Broadcasting, Amersham Arms London
- The Slow Readers Club, The Trades Club Hebden Bridge
- Pet Shop Boys, Electric Ballroom Camden
- Russell Watson, Stoller Hall Manchester
- KT Tunstall, Windmill Brixton, and PJ Malloys Dunfermline
- Passenger, Komedia Brighton
Tickets can be obtained by entering a prize draw with a minimum donation of £5. Winners will win tickets to a show of their choice, for themselves and a guest. The draw will run for three weeks starting on the 14th of September and ending on the 5th of October. https://crowdfunder.co.uk/passport-back-to-our-roots