Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason ‘doubts the band would succeed today’
Pink Floyd, who rose to fame after playing in London’s underground scene, “learned about playing in front of an audience” in Grassroots Music Venues, Nick Mason told an audience last night. Speaking at the launch of a campaign aimed at fighting the closure of Britain’s live music venues, Mason was asked if he thought Pink Floyd could succeed if starting out today, he said: “No I don’t. Things are a lot more complex than they were 40 years ago when we kicked off.
“Live venues are one of the few places where a new band can actually make a living and the big problem is that the money which used to be there from recorded music has all but dried up at the moment. It’s really important we try to keep these places where young bands can play and work open.”
Music Matters at Selfridges to support Music Venue Trust
Music Matters, launched at Selfridges on Wednesday night, is aimed at raising awareness of the threats live venues across the UK face. The retailer is holding a series of music events and collaborations across its stores in Manchester, Birmingham and London for nine weeks from the end of July in a bid to raise funds to help keep venues open. A donation will be made by Selfridges to the Music Venue Trust for each ticket purchased to the events, to support the Trust’s work in protecting, securing and improving Grassroots Music Venues.
Speaking at the launch night, Jeff Horton of the iconic 100 Club, London, considered by many to be the birthplace of punk, said “Once these places are gone, they are never coming back. The work of Music Venue Trust is vital to keep places like 100 Club alive.”
Linda Hewson, Selfridges’ creative director, said they want Music Matters to “celebrate and honour the power of live music”.
She added: “At its heart, the campaign seeks to highlight the closure of a growing number of smaller live music venues everywhere. It’s so important that we support our cities’ independent music venues where such unique and formative experiences take place.”
Speaking at the event on behalf of MVT, Strategic Director Beverley Whitrick said: “Music Venue Trust exists to work with people like Jeff and tackle the challenges faced by venues, including rising business rates, gentrification and complaints from new residents. This is a national campaign that needs every live music fan to swing behind it”.