The Railway Inn, Winchester off the danger list

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues (GMVs), has announced that 13 out of the 30 GMVs on their Save Our Venue Red List – which highlights those venues at imminent danger of permanent closure – have successfully been removed from immediate threat.

In November the charity revealed its Traffic Light campaign, a new phase of its hugely successful #saveourvenues campaign which is seeking to reopen every venue safely after the Covid crisis. The Traffic Light campaign threw the focus of the charity’s fundraising work behind securing the future of 30 venues who were ineligible to receive funding from, or wholly or partially unsuccessful in their application to, the government backed Culture Recovery Funds.

As a result of the amazing success of the campaign and a combined effort by audiences, local communities, local councils and the creative community, these 13 venues have now been removed from the ‘red list’:

Arden Inn, Accrington
Backstage Kinross
Boulevard, Wigan
Four Horsemen, Bournemouth
Gellions, Inverness
Hootenanny, Inverness
Plot 22, Sheffield
Rossi Bar in Brighton,
Strange Brew, Bristol
The Brunswick, Hove
The Grand Elektra/ The Crypt, Hastings
The Railway Inn, Winchester,
Waterloo Bar, Blackpool

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said, “We want to thank every artist, every audience member, every member of our community for taking direct action which means we are able to remove these 13 venues from the Red List right now. The love shown for these venues continues to demonstrate how important they are to people and to our towns and cities. Music Venue Trust is committed to reopening every venue safely and we are going to carry on working through this crisis until that outcome is achieved.”

Speaking about the news Dan Lloyd, owner of The Railway Inn, said: “It’s a massive relief to know that The Railway is now in a position to announce we’re no longer one of the most at risk venues in the country. The assistance and support that MVT has provided, along with the fantastic dedication of our community means that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we can continue to work towards reopening safely. However it’s important to remember that there are now venues being added to that list, so please take the time to support them as much as you’ve supported us. Thank you, again, to all the hard work of the MVT Team, our Railway family and everyone that has supported us over the years.”

Music Venue Trust is now reviewing the position of all other grassroots music venues to analyse which venues are at risk and need to be moved onto the red list. See the national map HERE. The single landing page for the crowdfunding initiative powered by Crowdfunder can be viewed at www.crowdfunder.couk/save-our-venues-red-list. People can choose an individual venue to donate to and if an individual target is reached by a particular venue the surplus donations will go towards supporting other venues in crisis.

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.

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