Everything Everything to play “save live music venues” Fightback benefit

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Public Service Broadcasting and Ed Harcourt also play gig to help give troubled venues legal advice

Everything Everything will headline Fightback, a benefit night at London’s Roundhouse to raise money for live venues which are facing closure.

After a raft of clubs such as London’s Fabric and Leeds’ Cockpit have closed recently, organisers Music Venue Trust started Fightback to help give live venues legal advice to ensure they stay open.

Also playing on October 18 are Public Service Broadcasting, Ed Harcourt, The Leisure Society, Jake Isaac, Recreations & Magnetic South, The Wholls, Bang Bang Romeo, The Spitfires, Rory Butler, Awate, Judas, Billy Lockett, The Carnabys, Sisteray, Soma, Samantha Whates & The Chaps Choir, Hannah Lou Clark and London Contemporary Orchestra.

When the gig was announced a fortnight ago (September 16), organisers admitted they didn’t know who would play. They priced tickets at £10, saying that prices would rise as artists started to be booked. With the full line-up now revealed, remaining tickets are priced at £30.

Music Venue Trust’s Mark Davyd said: “We’ve been stunned by the reaction from artists and public alike; not only in offers to play but in the incredible uptake on tickets. More than half of available tickets have already been sold, and this line up means that some of the early supporters of the event have probably got the bargain of the year.”

The gig will take place across all three live rooms at The Roundhouse to accommodate all the artists.

Music Venue Trust has started a new initiative, Emergency Response, for helping venues with legal costs. These can range from £2,000-£5,000, but Emergency Response will give free advice to grassroots venues within 72 hours.
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