Passport: Back to Our Roots announce dates for special shows by Elbow, KT Tunstall, Metronomy and Slow Readers Club. More dates to be announced soon.
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 / Patterns, Brighton / November 9th 2021
Elbow / Night & Day Cafe, Manchester / November 23rd 2021
Passport: Back to Our Roots is produced by registered charity and independent grassroots venue Band on the Wall, the Music Venue Trust and Stephen Budd Music (creator of War Child’s Passport: Back to the Bars & Passport: To BRITs Week series).