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National Lottery partners with Music Venue Trust for £1million project


The National Lottery has paired up with the Music Venue Trust in a new grassroots initiative aimed at helping boost live music across the UK. 

The project aims to provide the necessary funding to allow over 300 live shows to go ahead this summer so that artists can begin promoting shows without wondering whether they can afford to put them on. 

This is campaign is also set to see some large names descend on the venues that made them, from Sir Tom Jones and Fontaines D.C. to Sam Fender and The Sherlocks. 

Earlier this month, we caught up with The Sherlocks, who said: “The tour we’re going on is pretty much the tour we used to regularly do a few years back.”

Crook adds. “We had some cracking gigs in those venues, and we built our fanbase in those venues, so to go back in now and play them will be surreal.”

While Sir Tom Jones has also added: “Musicians can record in their bedrooms, but they can’t learn to perform in public without a place to play… So support your local pub, club, gym or church or wherever someone has the guts to bring in some entertainment, it makes all the difference both to budding artists and the community.”

Up to 30,000 tickers for the shows will be given to National Lottery players. The tickets for The National Lottery Revive Live Tour go on sale on Monday 12 July from 8pm.