Why Sadiq Khan was correct to reject the ‘Stratford Sphere’
For once, a politician has put people over profit....
'Long live the Leadmill!' | Protesters fight for beloved Sheffield venue outside City Hall
Sheffield's iconic Leadmill venue faces an uncertain future. What’s at stake for the city and its fervent supporters? We headed down to the latest protest outside City Hall to find out.
Grassroots music venues take a cost-of-living hit as Music Venue Trust moves ahead with ‘radical’ solution
Industry leaders fear for the long-term impact on the UK music industry over the challenges faced by grassroots music venues amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Number of gigs at grassroots venues almost 17% lower than pre-pandemic levels
A new report from Music Venue Trust (MVT), the organisation supporting grassroots music venues, has revealed the latest figures on the health of live music venues – and numbers from last year are still well below pre-pandemic levels.
Independent Venue Week gets underway – and this year feels more vital than ever
Independent Venue Week, an annual celebration of independent music and arts venues across the country, has begun – at a time when such sites face more challenges than ever.
Number of UK nightclubs now a third smaller since start of the pandemic
The number of UK nightclubs has declined by almost a third since before the pandemic, according to a new report.
Brixton Academy | Security guards 'took bribes to let people in without tickets'
A whistleblower alleges that security guards regularly took bribes to let ticketless people into concerts at Brixton Academy, after two people died in a crush at the venue in December.
Manchester’s Night & Day venue faces court case and potential closure
Manchester’s Night & Day independent music venue, which has played host to the likes of Elbow, Wet Leg and Arctic Monkeys, faces a court case next month over a noise complaint which could see the venue’s closure.
Manchester seeking £25m for naming rights of new arts venue
A new arts venue in Manchester - due to open next year, four years behind schedule - is hoping to fetch £25m for the sale of its naming rights.
Even with the Energy Bill Relief scheme, UK grassroots music venues are in dire straits
The Music Venue Trust (MVT) have expanded on their statement “warmly” welcoming the government’s Energy Bill Relief scheme to support businesses, but have told whynow there is far more support needed to combat the “continual wave of challenges which have simply swamped venue operators” since the spring of 2020.
Three out of four nighttime industry businesses are on a 'financial cliff edge' according to new poll
A new poll from the Night Time Industries Association paints yet another bleak picture for businesses in the night time economy industry.
Music Venue Trust calls for more support over energy costs
Though saying that Liz Truss’ new policy over energy costs “goes some way in alleviating the challenge” faced by the live music sector, the Music Venue Trust have urged the government “to take further action to ensure a long-term solution”.
Music venues need help with energy bills to prevent closure, says UK Music chief
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has said that music venues, studios and other music businesses face closure without swift action to help with rising energy bills.
5 hospitality giants sign open letter demanding action on energy crisis
Five key organisations representing the UK hospitality industry have signed an open letter to the government demanding an immediate intervention on rising energy prices hitting the sector.
One in five nightclubs have shut since the start of the pandemic
There are a fifth fewer nightclubs in Britain since the country’s first lockdown in March 2020, according to figures from the Night Time Industries Association.
Initiative launched to encourage new audiences to visit grassroots venues
A new initiative launched today from Independent Venue Community (IVC) will help venues support people who don’t normally attend gigs or grassroots venues to do so.
Music Venue Trust Scheme Launched to Purchase Grassroots Venues
A new initiative from the Music Venue Trust (MVT) has been launched to try and purchase the freehold of grassroots music venues across the UK, in a bid to secure their long-term futures.