British metal heavyweights Conjurer are to play six grassroots music venues next month as part of the Music Venue Trust‘s ‘United By Music Tour’.
Selected by Kerrang!, the quartet will play six intimate shows as part of the Music Venue Trust‘s ongoing campaign to save grassroots music venues and highlight their importance of them.
“Conjurer simply would not exist without the UK’s extensive network of Grassroots Music Venues. We cut our teeth playing everywhere from Merthyr Tydfil to Barrow-In-Furness for years, and we were lucky to be able to do so. The threat that GMVs are under is an utter travesty and something that we are so thankful to MVT for getting involved in – without this network, everyone from fans to bands suffers,” commented Conjurer’s Brady Deeprose. “Throughout my childhood, I would go to The Roadmender in Northampton, The Vault in Rugby (RIP), The Flapper in Birmingham, and Corporation in Sheffield to both play shows and see my favourite bands – that thriving scene inspired me to pick up a guitar and start a band. If we don’t protect it, we lose the next generation of musicians. It’s that simple.
“To come full circle, Kerrang! putting us forward for this tour is a real privilege, their support for not just us but the UK heavy scene in general, has been untouchable over the last few years. We hope that MVT continues to have success, and that the UK can continue to foster exceptional talent with a strong roster of grassroots venues to support it.”
The ‘United By Music Tour‘ is part of an existing partnership between The National Lottery and Music Venue Trust that aims to ensure live music is accessible to all. Because of this, every ticket buyer can take a guest (2-for-1 tickets) with them for free (just by showing a lottery product).
During Covid, the Music Venue Trust managed to prevent the closure of all 900+ venues that they represent. However, the increasing severity of the cost-of-living crisis has resulted in multiple venues closing every month, with the latest stats pointing to 66 closures within the last year. This staggering figure continues at a rate of one venue a week.
Every Grassroots Music Venue that closes represents one less place where local communities can access affordable live music, decreased opportunities for new and emerging artists to perform live and fewer opportunities for event professionals to learn their trade.
8th The Met Lounge, Peterborough
9th Esquires, Bedford
10th Forum, Tunbridge Wells
15th KKs Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
16th Portland Arms, Cambridge
17th The Hairy Dog, Derby
Further details including tickets can be found at unitedbymusic.live.