The single biggest cause of venue closures in the UK is the cost and complexity imposed on venues by planning, development, noise complaints and licensing. Today, Music Venue Trust is taking a decisive step to remove that threat. And we need your help:

FIGHTBACK will take place at The Roundhouse, London on Tuesday 18 October to raise vital funds to create a new service to stop the closures.

But there's a twist: no artists or bands, backline or lights, road crew, sound engineers or lighting technicians are booked.

Mark Davyd of MVT explains:
“We’re announcing an event today which will take place in four weeks time. FIGHTBACK has no artists booked, no infrastructure confirmed, because this is urgent. Every venue that closes is another nail in the coffin for our touring circuit. 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. So Music Venue Trust is taking action right now, and we are publicly inviting everybody to join us for just one night to support that action”.

Music Venue Trust is launching an appeal today for headline and support artists to come forward to support Fightback. Artists, sound engineers, lighting technicians, backline suppliers are urged to contact the Charity at fightba[email protected] to join this event and to make it happen.

“We’ve got four weeks to put this together. We need serious offers of help, and we hope senior and established artists in the industry will respond. We’ve got to take action to stop these closures, and we’ve got to do it now. Too often, venues are going to the wall because they don’t get the best advice they can as early as they can. Developers and local authorities have got deep pockets to pay for the best legal advice; venues need somebody in their corner and that’s what we’re going to do.” says Davyd.

Music Venue Trust has assembled an Emergency Response Team which includes the UK’s leading experts on licensing, planning, acoustics, noise, legal and tenancy issues. By filling in a simple online form, venues will be able to access the very best advice available. Music Venue Trust’s Emergency Response Team will respond within 72 hours with clear, practical advice. Initial advice from the service will be FREE to Grassroots Music Venues in the UK. The Emergency Response Service is live now at this link:
and all venues across the UK are able to access it.

Proceeds from FIGHTBACK will support the Emergency Response Service to be able to respond nationally to local situations.

Ticket booking for FIGHTBACK will open on Monday 19 September from the Roundhouse website, with initial early-bird tickets on sale for just £10.

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