A bid to breathe life back into grassroots music after the devastating effects of the pandemic on local venues up and down the country will see Hull included in a special “revive live” tour.
The Music Venue Trust (MVT) and the National Lottery have partnered in a ground-breaking campaign that will see hundreds of live performances taking place, all financially underwritten by the National Lottery, with a host of touring artists involved.
Tickets have just gone on sale to hear the Salford artist who is described as a “darkly enigmatic singer with a supple, yearning voice and bent toward mixing 60s pop, soul, and modern alt-rock”.
After a seven-year hiatus from her debut Top 5 album, Ren returned in 2020 to continue her journey of timeless pop with the long-awaited second album, Revel In The Drama, co-written with Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers.
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Ren said: “I’m desperate to get on the road and tour my album, so this is a marriage made in heaven, to get to play live again at last, play these songs, and then of course to get to support our brilliant grassroots venues in getting the microphones lit and amps humming again.
“What is better than pouring your soul out to people who choose to spend their time and money coming to see it?”
The touring artists currently announced are AK Patterson, Bob Vylan, Do Nothing, Grandma’s House, Larry The Pink Human, Luna Bay, Miles Kane, Night Flight, Olivia Dean, Pip Blom, Ren Harvieu, Seasick Steve, The Futureheads, The Magic Gang, Thomas Headon, Tusks, Twin Atlantic and Willie J Healey.
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Also playing special standalone shows are Fontaines DC, Frank Turner, James Arthur, Mahalia, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Fender and Sir Tom Jones.
Mark Dayvd, CEO of MVT, said, “It’s so important to get artists and crew back out and working, to get our grassroots music venues back up and running, and to get friends, families and communities back together enjoying live music.
“Grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.
“These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.
“The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour is a fantastic initiative which will kick-start the return of great events across the country.”
The £1m initiative will support more than 300 live performances in the Revive Live Tour this summer, with up to 30,000 tickets – or around half the capacity of these shows – gifted to National Lottery players.
Every National Lottery ticket-holder will be invited to bring a “plus one” for free – all they need to do to qualify for this offer is to show a National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard purchased in-store or online/via the National Lottery app when they attend the gig.
Sir Tom Jones said: “Musicians can record in their bedrooms, but they can’t learn to perform in public without a place to play. Without that, there is no way you can communicate directly to people.
“It’ll be tough to hone your skills and you’ll never have the thrill of feeling their feedback.
“Without a grassroots music venue, the neighbourhood won’t have a place where people can come together to discover and support a new talent.
“So support your local pub, club, gym or church or wherever someone has the guts to bring in some entertainment, it makes all the difference both to budding artists and the community.”