PASSPORT: BACK TO OUR ROOTS’ ANNOUNCE CONCERTS BY ELBOW, KT TUNSTALL, METRONOMY & SLOW READERS CLUB

PASSPORT: BACK TO OUR ROOTS’ ANNOUNCE CONCERTS BY ELBOW, KT TUNSTALL, METRONOMY & SLOW READERS CLUB

Big Artists. Small Gigs. Saving Grassroots Music Venues

London, May 5th 2021 – Passport: Back to Our Roots announce dates for special shows by Elbow, KT Tunstall, Metronomy and Slow Readers Club.

Launched last August, Passport: Back to Our Roots is a nationwide series of one-off intimate gigs by the UK’s biggest artists, supporting the independent grassroots venues that form the foundations of the country’s live music scene. For a minimum donation to the campaign, music fans were entered into a prize draw to win entry to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest, to be held on dates to be confirmed when no social distancing was required.

With proceeds going towards both the individual venues and Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign, Passport: Back to Our Roots raised almost £140k to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Now, as Music Venue Trust looks towards to the future and its #ReviveLive campaign, the first shows to be scheduled are:

Slow Readers Club                 The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge            September 19th 2021

KT Tunstall                               PJ Molloys, Dunfermline                          October 21st 2021

Metronomy                             Brighton                                                      November 9th 2021 

Elbow                                        Night & Day Cafe, Manchester                November 23rd 2021

 

“It has been so meaningful to me and many others over this last mad year to see such support and love for our grassroots music venues” says KT Tunstall. “Music lovers and musicians have come together to help protect the future of these small but mighty venues, many of which exist as labours of love, kept alive by blood, sweat, tears and a deep passion for music. It was a massive challenge for me getting booked in music venues when I was trying to get somewhere, so a venue like PJ Molloys is essential for aspiring musicians making their way up. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign.”

“When we conceived the campaign, we never imagined it would take this long to be able to announce the live show dates – a fact that is typical of what has been a long year of worry and uncertainty for all involved in the industry. But there is light at the end of the tunnel” says Sally Cook, campaign creator and Director of Operations at Band on the Wall. “We’re delighted to join the Music Venue Trust in its #revivelive movement and begin announcing the dates for these incredibly special shows, which promise to be truly memorable events for the lucky prize draw winners. We would like to thank each and every person who donated to the Passport: Back to Our Roots fundraising campaign – your support has helped make a real difference to grassroots music venues.”

Grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city. Since the pandemic forced grassroot music venues to close their doors early in 2020 Music Venue Trust, via its #saveourvenues campaign, has helped unlock over £80m of funding from donations and government initiatives, which has seen over 500 venues secure their immediate futures.

Mark Davyd, CEO Music Venue Trust says “We can’t emphasise enough how absolutely vital the support of artists has been to the Save Our Venues campaign. The artists that stepped forward to support the Passport Back to our Roots project not only provided an incredible opportunity for fans to see them in intimate surroundings, they provided a real focus of attention for audiences on what they could do to help their local venue survive. We are delighted that Passports shows are being announced as part of the campaign to #ReviveLive and can’t wait to see some of these fantastic events take place”

 

All prize draw winners will be contacted by email with full details.

www.passportbacktoourroots.org

 

About Passport: Back to Our Roots

The brainchild of Sally Cook, Director of Operations at Band on the Wall, and Stephen Budd, creator of War Child’s Passport: Back to the Bars and Passport: to BRITs Week series, Passport: Back to Our Roots partnered with Music Venue Trust to raise much needed funds to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Remaining shows to be scheduled are:

Ash – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Everything Everything – Esquires, Bedford

Jamie xx – Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, London

KT Tunstall – Windmill Brixton

Passenger – Komedia, Brighton

Pet Shop Boys – Electric Ballroom, Camden

Public Service Broadcasting – Amersham Arms, New Cross, London

Russell Watson – Stoller Hall, Manchester

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.

Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

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