Following a seemingly never-ending tsunami of stories about venues across the UK coming under threat or closing down, Music Venue Trust today announces a one-off evening of music: FIGHTBACK will take place at The Roundhouse, London on Tuesday 18 October to raise vital funds to create a new service to stop the closures. The event will support the launch of a brand new nationwide service from Music Venue Trust which will directly stop music venue closures by tackling thenumber 1 cause of those closures; the cost and complexity of legal advice and expert opinion on planning, development, noise and licensing issues
But as of right now, no artists or bands, backline or lights, road crew, sound engineers or lighting technicians are booked.
Today, just over a year since the launch of the Save London Music Campaign, The Save London Music Campaign, UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union welcome new Government legislation to protect music venues in planning law following a meeting with Ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government, alongside Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP.
Famous Pub and Live Music Venue The George Tavern in Stepney, East London has been given a lifeline to make its case at the Court of Appeal as it was granted the right to appeal against plans to build flats next to the established music venue and pub. The luxury flats pose a significant threat to the future of the George, a pub famous for its live music.
The Save London Music Campaign is committed to preserving the cultural heritage of London. There are many great pubs and clubs in London doing great things with Live music. If properly managed and run, music can have a massive positive impact on the economic viability of a pub. We have seen dozens of great examples of new management transforming clapped out pubs into thriving and vibrant hubs of local communities.
Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January.
These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
The #SaveLondonMusic Campaign, in association with the Robert Elms show on BBC Radio London are embarking on a mission to identify all of the current music venues in London. Once we have identified them, we are aiming to stage a gig at each one, before the end of 2016. We launched the project on Roberts show today.
Studio owner, music festival organiser, guitarist and campaigner
I will be on the Robert Elms show on BBC Radio London between 1.30 and 2pm on Tuesday 24th November. The subject is London’s lost music venues and those that are still open and the campaign we are running to preserve our musical heritage – The Save London Music Campaign.