Music Venue Trust

Line-up announced for return of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour

Enter Shikari, Becky Hill, Bastille, Feeder, Kojey Radical, Maisie Peters, The Coral to perform special shows at grassroots music venues

London, 30th November 2021 Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour will return in January 2022 with tours by a diverse range of artists including KEG, The Wytches, Cultdreams, Ferris & Sylvester, The Kut, Good Karma Club, BLOCS, Strange Bones, Calva Louise and LibraLibra.

The tour will also see headline artists, including Enter Shikari, Becky Hill, Bastille, Feeder, Kojey Radical, Maisie Peters and The Coral, performing special one-off shows to highlight the importance of grassroots music venues.

Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari, who are playing at Club 85 in Hitchin, says “Since we were 15 we’ve been playing grassroots venues up and down the country.  They were our home and gave us the opportunity to develop into the band we are today. One of those venues was Club 85. So it’s so great to be able to return and play there again after more than a decade and help highlight the fact that these venues need support especially right now after they’ve been sat empty for nearly two years. Without grassroots venues like Club 85 and all the other places we played as kids (a lot of which have already, sadly, been consigned to the history books) there’s less of a chance that four teenagers can change their own, or anyone else’s, lives. They are breeding grounds for new music as well as strong communities. And THAT’S why we’re doing this.”

Shows will be taking place across the country, with National Lottery players having a chance to bring a ‘plus one’ for free. This extension of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour follows the overwhelming success of the inaugural tour during the summer which saw The National Lottery contribute £1M to directly underwrite the touring and production costs of hundreds of live performances, enabling the grassroots live music industry to start promoting shows again in the knowledge that the upfront costs associated with touring were fully covered.

Becky Hill, who will be returning to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge where she played as a teenager, said “Playing this venue will most likely have me regressing to that 17 year old young woman, with her whole life ahead of her, & make me very, very grateful for where I am now. I’ve worked so hard & often forget to look back at where I’ve come from. Live music is so important for memories like this, it’s been devastating we’ve been gone so long without it & I hope The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour gives the legs back to the events industry it so desperately needs.”

The National Lottery will once again underwrite the full touring and production costs of artists participating as part of their ongoing commitment to the grassroots music sector. This support for the live music sector forms part of a continuing collaboration between VisitBritain and The National Lottery to support the UK Visitor economy.

Touring as part of the campaign, Dan Rumsey of The Wytches notes “We are really excited to be back out on the road with The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of because these small venues are very close to our hearts. They helped us become a band and find ourselves when we were first starting out. Without them there would be no bands. That’s why the campaign is so important, it allows musicians to go out and do what they love, and in turn keeps the grassroots venues open and running as they should be!”

The money for this initiative comes from a National Lottery promotional fund. It is not being funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

 

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Notes to Editors

 

About The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour

 

  • Launched in July 2021, the initiative saw Music Venue Trust team up with The National Lottery to help revive the UK’s grassroots live music sector. The National Lottery contributed £1M to directly underwrite the touring and production costs of hundreds of live performances, enabling the grassroots live music industry to start promoting shows again in the knowledge that the upfront costs associated with touring were fully covered.
  • This ground-breaking partnership resulted in 278 live shows played in front of more than 74,000 music fans and over 37,000 tickets given away to National Lottery players who were able to bring a plus one for free.
  • The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour supported 138 grassroots music venues throughout England, Scotland and Wales, with the average capacity of each venue being 267 and 122 acts in total taking part.
  • Special one-off shows by Sir Tom Jones, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Mahalia, James Arthur, Frank Turner, Sam Fender and Fontaines D.C. also took place at grassroots music venues to celebrate the return of live music.
  • The initiative also provided employment opportunities not just to the venue owners and artists but across the live music sector.

 

 

About The National Lottery:

  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • The National Lottery generates more than £30 million each week for National Lottery-funded projects. To date, over £45 billion has now been raised and more than 660,000 individual grants have been made across the UK – the equivalent of around 235 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.
  • The National Lottery has awarded over £83 billion in prizes to date and created more than 6,300 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: www.camelotgroup.co.uk and national-lottery.co.uk
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 18 or over.

 

 

About Music Venue Trust:

  • Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.
  • We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.
  • Since the pandemic forced grassroot music venues to close their doors early in 2020, Music Venue Trust, via its #saveourvenues campaign, has helped unlock over £80m of funding from donations and government initiatives, which has seen over 500 venues secure their immediate futures.
  • Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

 

Additional quotes

Mark Dayvd, CEO of Music Venue Trust said, “The overwhelming success of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour in the summer meant that it wasn’t a difficult decision to push forward with another set of shows in partnership with our friends at The National Lottery. By choosing January, a traditionally quiet time of year for live music, to launch a second phase of the tour, we hope to start the new year with a bang and to create some positive momentum in 2022 for the grassroots music sector.”

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said, “The National Lottery is delighted to be able to work with Music Venue Trust again as we head into 2022.  Despite challenging times, The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour in the summer was a huge success and saw over 37,000 tickets gifted back to National Lottery players as a thank you for the amazing things they make happen by buying a ticket.  A new round of live shows will hopefully bring friends back together in the new year and continue the much needed support for the grassroots music sector.”

Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.