Grassroots Music Venues across London unite to create a month of live Fightback gigs in June 2018 as part of the Mayor’s Sounds Like London campaign

22 participating venues already confirmed to take part in Fightback London – more featured events to be added
Music Venue Trust are delighted to announce a new series of Fightback London gigs, supported by the Mayor of London. They will be key component of Sounds Like London, the Mayor’s month-long celebration of London’s vital grassroots music scene that takes place in June 2018.

Sounds Like London is a new campaign that will encourage audiences to visit their local Grassroots Music Venue and support the capital’s emerging musical talent. The campaign aims to help tackle the 35% decline in Grassroots Venues over the last ten years. For more info visit

There will be Fightback London gigs every day throughout June at a whole range of grassroots venues across the capital. Funds raised from the gigs will support the Music Venue Trust’s Emergency Response Service which supports venues at risk of closure.

In the centenary year of some women winning the right to vote, the Music Venue Trust are also looking for the next generation of women promoters. If you are interested in becoming a promoter and want to promote a Fightback London gig, see

Gary Prosser of the Music Venue Trust:

“These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in London, providing spaces where artists can take their first steps, develop and grow. Fightback London provides an opportunity to showcase the fantastic range of artists and venues that London enjoys, celebrating the history of our music scene and supporting its future.”


More than 60 events at over 20 venues have already been confirmed, with many more to be added, including special featured events. Venues taking part include 100 Club, Dublin Castle, Omeara, Electrowerkz, Borderline, Bedford, and The Social. Special events include Camden Rocks, Bush Stock and and new live agency Talentbanq who will be announcing something typically unique – featuring 10 independent artists at one of London’s most famous addresses – as part of the festival.


Amy Lamé, Night Czar:

“London’s grassroots music scene is absolutely vital to the city’s reputation as the music capital of the world. These venues nurture the talent of tomorrow and help emerging artists to develop their technique. The Mayor and I are absolutely committed to ensuring London’s live music venues thrive – that’s why he introduced Agent of Change into the draft London Plan and why he launched Sounds Like London – to champion London’s Grassroots Music Venues. Fightback London will shine a light on amazing venues around the capital, encouraging audiences – both old and new – to attend a gig, and support the capital’s Grassroots Music Venues.”