IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – FIGHTBACK EVENT POSTPONED
With sincere apologies to everyone who has supported this event by buying a ticket, after a meeting today we have concluded that we have no option other than to postpone the Fightback gig due to take place next Tuesday 17 October at Camden Electric Ballroom.
We have a large number of artists who have come forward wanting to be part of an event and support Grassroots Music Venues, but after much discussion, this specific date, for a multitude of reasons, has proved exceptionally difficult to bring together. Alongside this issue, we, as an organisation, are overwhelmed by a wave of potential venue closures and are struggling to give this event our full attention. In a straight choice between running this event or doing everything we can to stop a venue closing, we are always going to choose putting the venues first. We hope everyone who supports our work will agree that’s the priority.
Alternative dates and plans are being discussed right now, and we hope to announce an alternative event shortly. We want to do something exceptional you can be part of it, this specific day isn’t the right day to do it, for the artists or for us. Please watch this space for some news that should, hopefully, blow your socks off.
FULL REFUNDS are available to every ticket holder from your point of purchase. If you have any problems at all getting a complete refund, please write to [email protected]
Music Venue Trust Announces FIGHTBACK 2017
Fundraising drive to secure the future of the Charity, culminating in the FIGHTBACK concert on Tuesday 17 October at Camden Electric Ballroom.
Music Venue Trust today announced plans for a major fundraising drive in partnership with Pledge Music to support its work.
FIGHTBACK 2017 will launch a series of MVT merchandise and special items, including Artist Signature T-Shirts, VIP Fightback + Aftershow Tickets, and the chance to own an exclusive, signed Fender guitar.
The six-week campaign concludes on Tuesday 17 October with a celebratory FIGHTBACK2017 gig at Camden Electric Ballroom in association with This Feeling.
FIGHTBACK 2017 – Artists & Fans
“FIGHTBACK 2017 is all about artists & fans, because in the end Grassroots Music Venues are all about artists and fans,” says MVT CEO Mark Davyd. “FIGHTBACK 2017 will be working with artists to create something special that fans can own or take part in, with all the proceeds going to support the work of the Emergency Response Team”.
MVT Artists Signature T-Shirts
The MVT Artists Signature series of T-Shirts kicks off with a limited-edition shirt specially designed by Frank Turner.
Strictly Limited Edition
Just 200 shirts are available, featuring a print of handwritten lyrics signed by Frank. More signature shirts will be announced in the coming weeks.
And there’s a challenge for brands and companies who want to connect with fans, artists and venues in the grassroots sector; Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship packages for FIGHTBACK 2017
Brands – show your support
“FIGHTBACK 2016 reached over 36 million people with a story about Grassroots Music Venues” says MVT Board Trustee Chris Prosser “that’s a clear branding opportunity. FIGHTBACK 2017 presents a great chance for companies to show their support for this struggling sector, with direct funding that goes to support the work of the Trust and the Emergency Response Team. The UK live music industry generates £4 billion a year in revenue. It can’t be right that an important local venue gets lost because it can’t afford £2,000 in legal fees.”
Why we FIGHTBACK
Despite the urgent need to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues, with two new venues every week facing imminent threat of closure, earlier this year Arts Council England declined to support the work of the Trust and made a series of decisions to offer no additional support to Grassroots Music Venues. But Music Venue Trust remains determined to FIGHTBACK, and is taking its appeal directly to artists and fans.
You can help us make a difference
MVT Strategic Director Beverley Whitrick said: “Between 2007 and 2015, over a third of the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues were forced into closure. We were losing twenty venues a year, every year. Music Venue Trust launched our ‘Emergency Response‘ service in 2016 thanks to generous fundraising and support from artists, fans and brands. We promised that Emergency Response would make a real difference. One year later there are the same number of venues open. This isn’t rocket science. We can stop venue closures like The Cellar in Oxford and The Sound Lounge in Tooting, we just need the resources to do it”.
Artists – Get involved!
Music Venue Trust is keen to hear from more artists who would like to be involved. Contact [email protected]
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FIGHTBACK 2017 – IT’S ON! – This Feeling announced as Event Partners
Following the announcement last week that FIGHTBACK 2017 will take place at Camden Electric Ballroom on Thursday 17 October, Music Venue Trust has been deluged with offers to help out and support the event. And now This Feeling, the UK’s most acclaimed club night for future Rock and Roll stars, have got on board the FIGHTBACK bandwagon to join the search for artists to play at the event.
– Mark Davyd, MVT CEO
– Noel Gallagher
– Mikey Jonns, This Feeling
– Carl Barat
All proceeds from FIGHTBACK go to support the work of the Music Venue Trust Emergency Response Service, which has already fought 40 potential venue closures since it launched in October last year.
– Tom Newman, The Shimmer Band
More info about FIGHTBACK 2017
Where and When is FIGHTBACK 2017?
FIGHTBACK 2017 takes place at Camden Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 17 October.
How can I get Tickets?
How can I get VIP Tickets?
A very limited number of VIP tickets with access to an exclusive VIP and Aftershow area, in association with Jack Daniels, Red Stripe, Watneys IPA and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider, are also on sale at Pledge Music.
How do I apply to play at the gig?
Artists wanting to play at FIGHTBACK can contact Music Venue Trust at [email protected]