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Music Venue Trust’s national networking event Venues Day 2018 returns on Wednesday 17 October to explore the theme The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Sharing Good Practice, Strategies for Overcoming Bad Practice and How to Deal with the Ugly Side of Operating a GMV. Over 500 delegates will gather at Islington Assembly Hall for the 5th edition of Venues Day, the only music industry event designed for the people who run the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues.

Previous attendees will be delighted to learn that MVT patron Steve Lamacq will return to Venues Day this year to host The Magnificent Seven: Anniversaries, Celebrations & Survival Stories. Steve will interview the managers of a selection of Grassroots Music Venues who have survived to celebrate a notable birthday, including London’s 100 Club (75 years), Southampton Joiners (50 years) and Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms (25 years).

Steve Lamacq

Steve Lamacq
“Socially, culturally, creatively, we need venues. There are thousands of bands out there and thousands of music fans who’ve had their lives changed by going to Grassroots Music Venues. Let’s never stop remembering how important they are.”


A range of panels, presentations and working groups will discuss challenges for venues on themes such as contracts, advertising and promoters. In partnership with Help Musicians UK and The Musicians’ Union the event will explore how to address balancing the wellbeing of musicians and crew with the needs of the venue team. Julie’s Bicycle will lead a discussion on what a good rider looks like, tackling cost, health, waste and recycling. Speakers already confirmed include musicians James Joseph (Holding Absence), Shauna Tohill (Rews), Matt Johnson (Hookworms) and Daniel Connolly (Sisteray), with a host of industry speakers from all levels tackling the important issues, including Emma Bownes (The O2), Jane Beese (Roundhouse), Mal Campbell (Hebden Bridge Trades Club), Guto Brychan (Clwb Ifor Bach), Tre Stead (Frank Turner Tour Manager), Charlotte Dryden (Oh Yeah Centre) and Alex Bruford (ATC Live).

For the first time Venues Day will include a presentation from PRS for Music and PPL to explain their tariffs and answer questions from venues about how and why they collect money from live events. We are delighted that senior managers of these organisations Rob Kirkham (Head of Business Development, PRS for Music) and Jez Bell (Chief Licensing Officer, PPL) will head up this session.

Agent and venue networking feature The Sandbox returns with more booking agencies represented than last year. Venue representatives will get the chance to spend ten minutes speaking directly with agents representing new and emerging artists, speed networking with the people who can help them get great line ups.

MVT’s Gurus will be available for one-to-one advice sessions on topics such as planning, licensing, acoustics, legal, business rates, hospitality and catering. These are the experts who assist with venues contacting MVT’s Emergency Response Service, some of whom will be available to talk face to face with venues who have a problem they don’t know how to tackle.

The emphasis of this event is always on the value of networking, venue to venue and with the many professionals who attend to offer services that can help delegates to run their venues more efficiently. There will be short presentations, stands, sharing of good practice and lots of informal discussion time thanks to our sponsors who make this event possible: TicketWeb, UK Music,MusicPlanet Live, Jack Daniel’s, Academy Music Group, Help Musicians UK and The O2.