Music Venue Trust

The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour returns

Music Venue Trust and The National Lottery announce new round of UK live shows in 2022

London, 23rd 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.  A new round of live shows will take place across the UK in the new year, following the overwhelming success of the tour during the summer.

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.

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.

Full details of all artists participating, dates of individual performances and the venues hosting shows will be announced in the near future.

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.”

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.

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:

  • 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 £43 billion has now been raised and more than 635,000 individual grants have been made across the UK – the equivalent of around 225 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.


  • The National Lottery has awarded over £80 billion in prizes to date and created more than 6,100 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.


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  • 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.

Music Venue Trust

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