Last week saw both Crowdfunder and Music Venue Trust launch the #saveourvenues campaign to raise funds and save hundreds of grassroots music venues across the UK from imminent risk of closing down due to the financial and economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The last few days have seen the UK music industry from all sides come together and provide donations to help support and keep these vital venues afloat during this time of uncertainty. To date, over £1 million has been raised with donations from Beggars Group, Amazon Music/the bpi & Mayor of London as well as substantial donations from several other music companies in the sector.
Particularly in Bristol, where a number of iconic grassroots music venues are based, people from across the local scene and city have been providing donations to help these places continue their amazing work. The Louisiana, The Old England, and the Exchange, three of Bristol’s most beloved venues, have set up crowdfunders respectively with the Music Venue Trust to help raise funds to cover costs during this time.
The Old England, who’ve almost reached their £5,000 fundraiser target, has released a compilation mixtape for the final leg of the campaign which ends on Sunday (10th May). The release, supported by artwork and photography by Anthony Elliot, will feature unreleased demos, live sessions and more from a wide selection of Bristol-based artists and bands that we know and love — featuring Fever 103, Katy J Pearson, Pet Shimmers, LICE, EBU, MXLX, Wych Elm, Iceman Furniss and loads more.