Martina Topley Bird will play a gig in the Houses Of Parliament tomorrow (April 17) to celebrate the passing of the Live Music Act.
The singer, known for her collaborations with trip-hop pioneer Tricky, will appear on a bill that also includes Daytona Lights and MP4, a band comprising politicians. Ex-Suede man Bernard Butler is expected to be among the guests at the gig, which is being put on by industry body UK Music.
The new live music law, which was passed in March, cuts red tape for pubs, small gig venues and nightclubs wanting to put on gigs. Previously, venues with a capacity of under 200 had to apply for a licence, but this will no longer be the case under the new legislation.
The gig comes after NME launched this year’s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with JD Roots last month.
Three gigs have already been announced in support of the campaign – Twin Atlantic will play Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, the winning venue in last year’s campaign, on May 3. The Horrors will headline Southend’s Chinnerys venue on May 9, while The Cribs will round things off on May 16 with a show at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal.
You can vote for your favourite small venue at NME.COM/smallvenues. Voting closes this Friday (April 20), with the shortlist to be announced in the coming weeks. A panel of artists and experts will then pick one as the overall winner, which will be declared Britain’s Best Small Venue 2012.
Scroll down and click below to see video interviews with the likes of Kasabian and Carl Barat, where they explain why small venues are so important to them.