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.
Monday 25th January – Sunday 31st January 2016
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.
By Roger Tichborne
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.
Since 2007, 50 venues have shut their doors for good, leaving the capital with just 88. Historic venues such as the Marquee Club, the Astoria, the 12 Bar Club, Water Rats and Madame Jojo’s have disappeared from the map, falling victim to high costs, complaints from residents and pressures from developers. Many more are on the brink of closure.