Further Artist Patrons Step Up To Support Music Venue Trust
Hot on the heels of Music Venue Trust announcing that Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice has joined Jeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything as a trustee of the charity, we are delighted to announce 4 new artist patrons: Oh Wonder, ShaoDow, Rews and Benin City.
Our artist patrons are groups and individuals happy to endorse the work of the charity to protect, secure and improve the UK’s grassroots music venues. Some still play regularly on the grassroots circuit so experience the intimate audience connection offered there, whilst seeing the lack of investment available to upgrade many smaller venues. Others have graduated to larger venues but realise the importance of the places in which they started their careers.
Anthony and Josephine from Oh Wonder understand firsthand the importance of a grassroots network after releasing one track a month for a year via their soundcloud. The unplanned success of their self-releases led them to taking Oh Wonder on the road:
Anthony and Joesphine, Oh Wonder
Professional rapper (and Manga author) ShaoDow has already lent his support to Music Venue Trust by speaking at our recent SE England Venues meeting.
Having just completed a self-managed and self-funded tour I am painfully aware of the scarcity of small music venues across the country. That’s why the work of the Music Venue Trust is so important, not just for protecting our existing venues but also for fostering the right environments in order to bring new venues into existence. I want to make sure there’s always somewhere dope to perform and that’s why I am honoured to be a patron for the MVT.”
London/Belfast based alt rock band Rews are now gracing festival and larger venue stages but their time on the smaller circuit was recent and they value everything it gave them:
Up and coming London three-piece Benin City feel so strongly about grassroots venues that that their latest release ‘All Smoke, No Fire’ explores the challenges facing these venues.
Music Venue Trust is putting together the programme for national networking event Venues Day 2018 which takes place at Islington Assembly on Wednesday 17 October. We will be hearing more from our artist patrons during the day’s discussions and working groups.