Music Venue Trust add six more venues to #saveourvenues Red List

There are still a total of 20 grassroots venues in critical danger of permanent closure.
Posted: 1 March 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Six more venues in critical danger of permanent closure have been added to the #saveourvenues Red List by the Music Venue Trust

As the lockdown drags on and the return of live music still months away, Camden venues The Black Heart and The Fiddlers Elbow have been added to the handful of venues in crisis, alongside Stage and Radio in Manchester, Legends Live Lounge in Oldham, The Cobblestones in Bridgwater and Y Llew Coch in Machynlleth. 

During the pandemic, the Music Venue Trust has rallied to support grassroots music venues with the #saveourvenues campaign, identifying a total of 30 venues in need of financial aid that were ignored by the government's cultural fund. 15 of those 30 venues were since declared safe, with POP in Hyde also deemed safe today. With the new additions to the Red List, there are still 14 venues in need, and 20 in total.

Mark Davyd, MVT's CEO said: "The crisis is nearing its final lap but we need to make sure these venues finish the race. With the support of artists and audiences, we have fought our way through the last 11 months venue by venue, case by case, trying to make sure that we are able to Reopen Every Venue Safely. These 6 newly highlighted venues need urgent help, and we still have 14 venues that were on our original Red list that we canโ€™t yet guarantee will survive to bring live music back to our communities. We are completely determined that they will.โ€

Let's hope that's the case so we can see more scenes like below in the near future:

The full list of GMV's at risk: 

Alchemy, Croydon

Beehive Jazz, Kingston upon Hull

Boom, Leeds

Dryad Works, Sheffield

Egg, Kings Cross

Spiritual Bar, London

The 1865, Southampton

The Hot Tin, Faversham

The Lexington, Islington

The Post Bar, Tottenham

The Venue, Derby

The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington

The Windmill, Brixton

Venue 38, Ayr

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