Stephen Fry has thrown his support behind the campaign to save the UK’s small music venues in a rousing new video message.
In a clip recorded for the Music Venue Trust, the actor, author and TV personality asks, “Are you fed up with our music venues being closed down by greedy developers and people with no sense of culture?”
He then urges concerned music fans to attend Fightback, an upcoming benefit night at London’s Roundhouse which will raise money for live venues which are facing closure. Watch below.
It has recently been announced that Everything Everything will headline the gig to benefit Fightback, an initiative launched after a raft of clubs and gig venues such as London’s Fabric and Leeds’ Cockpit have closed down.
Also playing at the one-off show 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 in mid-September, organisers admitted they didn’t know who would play. They offered early tickets for £10, saying this price would rise as artists were 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.