Music Venue Trust announces #SaveOurScottishVenues Festival
- Arusa Qureshi
- 12 June 2020
Fran Healy, KT Tunstall, Wet Wet Wet, Honeyblood and more to take part in virtual fundraiser
The Music Venue Trust, the charitable organisation which works to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network, has announced details of the #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival, due to take place on Fri 19 Jun across three 'stages'. As well as featuring recorded performances from a range of Scottish musicians, festival host Vic Galloway will also be talking to musicians and venue reps to highlight the vital connection that exists between these venues and the professional development of the artists whose careers they impact.
The first artists to be announced are KT Tunstall, The Xcerts, Hunter & the Bear, Wet Wet Wet, Be Charlotte, Fatherson, Luke La Volpe, Hue & Cry, Honeyblood and Anchor Lane, with more to be added to the line-up. The festival will officially kick off on Thu 18 Jun at 8pm with a free-to-view acoustic performance by Fran Healy, filmed in Los Angeles and available to watch on the Music Venue Trust Facebook page.
The #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival will then be streamed on Fri 19 Jun at 8pm on livefrom.events, with tickets set at £5 to enjoy the festival live, or £8 to watch in real-time and on catch up from Sat 20 Jun at 10am until Sun 21 Jun at 10pm.
Speaking about the festival, Bathgate musician Luke la Volpe said: 'It's absolutely vital that we support grassroots venues at the moment, because let's face it, life's shit without gigs. They've all had the rug pulled from under them by this whole terrible situation and the longer it goes on, the harder it is for them to survive with no money coming in. The team at Music Venue Trust is working incredibly hard to support them and I'm really happy to be part of Save Our Scottish Venues alongside all these legends. Every single successful musician has been given a hand up by grassroots venues putting them on in front of people who love discovering new music. It's time to give them a hand in return so every single venue can make it through this incredibly tough period and get the doors open again as soon as possible.'
Having launched the nationwide #SaveOurVenues campaign back in April, the Music Venue Trust have already raised over £1.5 million in donations, with the aim of protecting the hundreds of grassroots music venues that are at imminent risk of being closed down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations from music fans, music industry companies and other organisations, as well as interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor's Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England, have led to the protection of over 150 venues, although work is still needed to ensure that all grassroots venues have a chance at securing their long-term future. In Scotland, as with the rest of the UK, the situation remains fragile and the #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival will attempt to face this head on by offering financial and moral support to the places that need it the most.
'There are over 60 Scottish members of the Music Venues Alliance, each of which is essential to the music ecosystem as social, economic and cultural hubs within their communities,' Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust says. 'The love that artists have for these spaces and the people who run them is clear from everyone stepping forward to help raise money to support venues through the crisis. Please enjoy these events and donate what you can to help.'
Tickets for the #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival are on sale now. Viewers will be able to donate to the Scottish national fundraiser page or to each venue's individual fundraising pages. Visit saveourvenues.co.uk to find out more about the campaign, to donate and to see a list of shows coming up.