The Carnabys become patrons of Music Venue Trust
Music Venue Trust, the charity dedicated to championing, protecting and improving the UK’s grassroots music venues, is delighted to announce that up and coming band The Carnabys have become patrons of the charity.
They join fellow artists such as Frank Turner, Savages, Enter Shikari, David Gedge (The Wedding Present), Moya, Mark Morriss, Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything), John Robb, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) and Andy Dunlop (Travis), all of whom believe passionately in preserving this vital network of venues.
The Carnabys explained why they feel musicians need to speak up for venues:
“We have been touring for a relatively short time and we were shocked that even since we started, several iconic venues that we have played have gone for ever – The 12 Bar Club being an obvious one. We will never be able to play The Cockpit, The Marquee, Madam JoJos, Arches and neither will any band coming up behind us.
We believe that music is such a huge and important part of what makes Britain great; people all around the world pay attention to British bands. Can you imagine not having ever had David Bowie or the Beatles, nor now having Ed Sheehan, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Muse?!! – all different, but all British and all started out in the venues and clubs we play in now.
If we don’t start to wake up to the slow, insidious shutting down of these grassroots nurturing grounds we will lose such an important part of our cultural richness. We know that we cannot do this on our own, but being part of Music Venue Trust’s efforts gives us confidence that we will not only stop the rot, but turn it completely around.”
Too Much Never Enough
In tandem with becoming official patrons of Music Venue Trust, The Carnabys have put their album ‘Too Much Never Enough’ up for pre-sale 4-months in advance of its release in August and will donate all their earnings to the Trust.
In association with Music Venue Trust, The Carnabys have launched their own ‘Save Live Music‘ campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by small venues. For further details visit their website.
Venues Day 2016
Music Venue Trust is currently developing its annual networking event, designed specifically for the needs of grassroots music venues. Venues Day 2016 will take place at Roundhouse, London on Tuesday 18 October. Details at www.musicvenuetrust.com.