Madness is the latest big-name act to back the campaign to stop the closure of grassroots music venues across the country.
The band is supporting the Music Venue Trust (MVT), a charity fighting to protect performance spaces that nurture emerging music talent.
Grassroots music venues play a pivotal role in the creative development of singers and musicians, allowing them to earn their performing stripes and reach out to new audiences. However, an alarming number of pubs, clubs and performance venues have shut down in recent years. In London alone, a third of all grassroots music venues have closed in the past decade.
Madness has released a limited edition t-shirt to raise funds for Fightback, the MVT’s fundraising arm. The t-shirt features handwritten lyrics from the band’s song The Liberty of Norton Folgate and the signatures all band members. BUY HERE
Madness says: “When we woz young we had lots of venues we could play in and be seen and heard, our fear is that London is losing that. That would be a damn shame for new bands trying to make it.”
The t-shirt has been released to coincide with Fightback London month. Throughout June a series of gigs will take place across the Capital to raise money and awareness for the MVT campaign. More than 60 events will be held at 20 venues including 100 Club, Dublin Castle, Omeara, Electrowerkz, Borderline, Bedford, and The Social. For a full gig list CLICK HERE