Music Venue Trust Launches FIGHTBACK across UK

100+ Shows • 100+ Venues • Limited Edition T-Shirts • Sold Out Dates


Music Venue Trust is excited to announce the launch of FIGHTBACK, the public facing fundraising arm of the UK registered charity, with four SOLD OUT shows featuring The Wombats. The gigs are taking place at Grassroots Music Venues in Milton Keynes, Blackpool, Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent in February in association with Openstage. MVT patron Bright Light Bright Light will headline a show in March at The Horn in St Albans, fresh from touring with Erasure. Many more shows will follow.

FIGHTBACK will reach out to MVT’s association of venues, the 360-strong Music Venues Alliance, inviting them to organise live music events at their own venues throughout the year in support of the charity’s work. MVT has been working with music industry and commercial partners to identify key artists and partnership opportunities that benefit the charity, the hosting venue and music fans in towns and cities around the country.

FIGHTBACK Events Manager, Gary Prosser explains, “Fightback has been over a year in the making and I am looking forward to working closely with every Grassroots Music Venue in the UK to create some memorable shows for fans of live music all over the UK. We’re building an incredible opportunity for artists and brands to come together to directly connect with Grassroots Music Venues and make a real difference.”

FIGHTBACK aims to raise £100,000 from over 100 events in 2018 right across the UK. The money raised will directly support MVT’s Emergency Response Service, which in 2017 directly intervened to tackle and halt threats of closure faced by 41 Grassroots Music Venues.

MVT is the only organisation that places the future of Grassroots Music Venues at the heart of everything it does. MVT campaigns to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues. To deliver this work, MVT is reliant upon donations, sponsorship and financial support from fundraising initiatives such as Fightback.

Recent fundraising saw the launch of a range of FIGHTBACK limited edition “signature” T-shirts, featuring handwritten lyrics by featured artists. The first shirt, a limited edition ‘I Still Believe’ lyric shirt by Frank Turner, sold out in days. To celebrate the sold-out Wombats shows and the Bright Light Bright Light show, the bands have designed their own handwritten lyric T-shirts, now available through MVT Social Media pages.

The Wombats Fightback dates:
Fri 9 Feb: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Sat 10 Feb: Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Sun 11 Feb: The Underground, Bradford
Tues 13 Feb: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
The Wombats Ltd Edition Fightback T- Shirts on sale here.
Bright Light Bright Light
Thur 15 March: The Horn, St Albans
Tickets available here.
Bright Light Bright Light Ltd Edition Fightback T- Shirts on sale here.

Buy FIGHTBACK Limited Edition handwritten & signed Lyrics T-Shirts by our MVT Artist Patrons at the Jackpot Store.

For all enquiries please contact [email protected]