Charity to save live music venues announces major concert

Music Venue Trust show Fightback aims to prevent gig venues shutting down

Live music charity Music Venue Trust has announced a fundraising concert to fight back against the closure of gig venues.

Music Venue Trust is a coalition of music venues which aim to prevent the raft of pubs, clubs and theatres from facing further closures.

Their concert, Fightback, is at London’s Roundhouse on October 18.

As of today (September 16), no musicians have been finalised for the show. Tickets are currently £10, but the price will increase once big names are added to the bill. Tickets go on sale on Monday from the Roundhouse’s website.

Music Venue Trust boss Mark Davyd said: “What’s happening to our music venues is an emergency which should concern every music fan, every musician and everybody working in the music industry in the UK.”

Speaking about Fightback’s lack of line-up so far, Davyd explained: “If it turns out someone who believes in our cause has paid £10 to hear me whistle the national anthem and rant about the importance of venues for an hour, the cause will still be worth it. And if you buy a ticket on Monday for £10 and it ends up stuffed full of Brit Awards winners so that the people around you paid £100, then lucky you.”

Money from Fightback will go towards Music Venue Trust’s new initiative Emergency Response, which aims to stop venue closures by funding legal advice and expert opinion on planning, development, noise and licencing issues.

Initial legal advice on those matters generally costs £2-£5,000. Venues which have closed in recent years include The 12 Bar, Madame Jo Jo’s, Bull And Gate and Astoria in London, Cockpit in Leeds and Boardwalk in Sheffield and the Barfly chain.