Since the start of lockdown, #saveourvenues - an initiative launched by the Music Venues Trust, aiming to help grassroots spaces survive the financial fallout of the pandemic - has raised a truly impressive £1.5 million. It’s so far enabled 140 much-loved spaces to be removed from the ‘critical’ list, but there’s still a long way to go before all our favourite mosh spots are safe.
Why should you donate a few hard-earned pennies (if you’re able) to the cause? Because these are the places where culture thrives - where superstars-in-the-making are created and once-in-a-lifetime nights occur. We asked a load of DIY regulars about the small venues that got them to where they are today: give your local venue some love if you can, and find out about the campaign over at www.saveourvenues.co.uk.
As featured in the June 2020 issue of DIY, out now.