‘Passport: Back To Our Roots’ Announce Concerts By Elbow, KT Tunstall, Metronomy & Slow Readers Club

Big Artists. Small Gigs. Saving Grassroots Music Venues

Passport: Back to Our Roots announce dates for special shows by Elbow, KT Tunstall, Metronomy and Slow Readers Club.

Launched last August, Passport: Back to Our Roots is a nationwide series of one-off intimate gigs by the UK’s biggest artists, supporting the independent Grassroots Venues that form the foundations of the country’s live music scene. For a minimum donation to the campaign, music fans were entered into a prize draw to win entry to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest, to be held on dates to be confirmed when no social distancing was required.

With proceeds going towards both the individual venues and Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign, Passport: Back to Our Roots raised almost £140k to safeguard the futures of Grassroots Music Venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Now, as Music Venue Trust looks towards to the future and its #ReviveLive campaign, the first shows to be scheduled are:

  • Slow Readers Club The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge September 19th 2021
  • KT Tunstall PJ Molloys, Dunfermline October 21st 2021
  • Metronomy Brighton November 9th 2021
  • Elbow Night & Day Cafe, Manchester November 23rd 2021

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall
It has been so meaningful to me and many others over this last mad year to see such support and love for our Grassroots Music Venues. Music lovers and musicians have come together to help protect the future of these small but mighty venues, many of which exist as labours of love, kept alive by blood, sweat, tears and a deep passion for music. It was a massive challenge for me getting booked in music venues when I was trying to get somewhere, so a venue like PJ Molloys is essential for aspiring musicians making their way up. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign.


Sally Cook, Campaign Creator & Director of Operations, Band On The Wall

Sally Cook, Campaign Creator & Director of Operations, Band On The Wall
When we conceived the campaign, we never imagined it would take this long to be able to announce the live show dates – a fact that is typical of what has been a long year of worry and uncertainty for all involved in the industry. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. We’re delighted to join the Music Venue Trust in its #revivelive movement and begin announcing the dates for these incredibly special shows, which promise to be truly memorable events for the lucky prize draw winners. We would like to thank each and every person who donated to the Passport: Back to Our Roots fundraising campaign – your support has helped make a real difference to Grassroots Music Venues.


Grassroots Music Venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city. Since the pandemic forced Grassroot Music Venues to close their doors early in 2020, Music Venue Trust, via its #saveourvenues campaign, has helped unlock over £80m of funding from donations and government initiatives, which has seen over 500 venues secure their immediate futures.

Mark Davyd, CEO Music Venue Trust

Mark Davyd, CEO Music Venue Trust
We can’t emphasise enough how absolutely vital the support of artists has been to the #saveourvenues campaign. The artists that stepped forward to support the Passport: Back to our Roots project not only provided an incredible opportunity for fans to see them in intimate surroundings, they provided a real focus of attention for audiences on what they could do to help their local venue survive. We are delighted that Passports shows are being announced as part of the campaign to #ReviveLive and can’t wait to see some of these fantastic events take place


All prize draw winners will be contacted by email with full details.