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This week Music Venue Trust issued a warning that the whole grassroots music venue sector is now at critical red alert status. In light of this, the Passport: Back to Our Roots campaign prize draw to win entry to the shows by Pet Shop Boys, Jamie xx, Metronomy, Russell Watson, Passenger and KT Tunstall has been extended to October 26th.

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Simon Webbon of the campaign’s producers Band on the Wall said “2020 has been nothing less than a catastrophe for the grassroots music sector and this week the Music Venue Trust have issued a critical ‘red alert’ warning, with hundreds of venues across the country at risk of imminent collapse.

The aim of Passport: Back to Our Roots is to generate some much-needed immediate income for grassroots venues. By extending the prize draw entry deadline until Monday 26th October we hope to generate some extra funds for the small venues who are in need of immediate support.”

Pet Shop Boys, Jamie xx, Metronomy, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have all pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. The artists will be these playing celebratory intimate shows, on dates to be confirmed, when venues are able to open with no social distancing.

For a £5 minimum donation to the campaign, music fans will be entered into the draw to win passes to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest.

Jamie xx – Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, London

KT Tunstall - Windmill Brixton and PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

Metronomy – Patterns, Brighton

Passenger – Komedia, Brighton

Pet Shop Boys –Electric Ballroom, Camden

Russell Watson –Stoller Hall, Manchester

A further group of artists will be announced later this month. £75,000 was raised from the first prize draw for entry to concerts by Elbow, Public Service Broadcasting, Everything Everything, The Slow Readers Club and Ash.


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