More than 100 live shows are taking place in grassroots venues around the capital for Sounds Like London, a month-long celebration of these venues’ cultural significance.
Under the banner of Fightback London, more than 30 venues and festivals will be presenting shows throughout June in support of the work of the Music Venue Trust (MVT).
Those taking part include 100 Club, Dingwalls, Camden Assembly, Omeara, Borderline, Windmill Brixton, Bedford, New Cross Inn, Dublin Castle and the Lexington. Full details are available at the Fightback website – https://www.mvtfightback.com/shows.
Fightback London is part of a nationwide MVT campaign taking place this year to raise funds for practical initiatives to help to grassroots music venues across the country.
As part of the event, the South East Regional meeting for grassroots music venues will take place at City Hall in London on 12 June, with venues from across the region coming together to talk about their challenges and opportunities to secure and improve the sector.
MVT’s Gary Prosser said: ‘We are really pleased that Fightback London provides a major focus for events around this work in London and hope to shortly announce similar events across the UK following our current tour of regional and national meetings. Those meetings are demonstrating a real enthusiasm to support MVT to do more and to achieve more for our grassroots music venue members.’
Beverley Whitrick, also of MVT, added: ‘These regional and national meetings are an important part of our work with grassroots music venues, enabling us to hear directly from them about challenges they face and present opportunities to them.
‘We’ve already learned a lot from meetings in Wales, Northern Ireland, SW and NW England and are looking forward to meeting more venues at the event at City Hall, as well as our first Scottish venues meeting at King Tuts in Glasgow and our NE England meeting in York.’
More details on Sounds Like London are available from the Mayor of London’s website at – https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/music/sounds-like-london