Big Artists. Small Gigs.
Making a Huge Difference to Grassroots Music Venues.

All money raised helps small venues.

Passport: Back to Our Roots is a nationwide series of one-off intimate gigs by the UK’s biggest artists, supporting the independent grassroots venues that form the foundations of the UK’s live music scene.

This is your chance to watch the biggest artists play their smallest gigs – live and in person like they should be – while making a huge difference to the UK’s crisis-stricken grassroots music venues, who need urgent help due to COVID-19 closures.

The gigs will be happening as soon as real shows can happen safely - these are not socially distanced experiences

For more information & updates

Entries are now closed

The next wave of gig dates will be announced shortly, see below for confirmed dates.



PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

Thursday 21 October 2021

Entries closed


Night & Day Cafe, Manchester

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Entries closed


Amersham Arms, London

Friday 10th September 2021

Entries closed


The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Sunday 19 September 2021

Entries closed

More dates announced soon

How it works

Fundraising campaigns for each event will be open for three weeks, and at the end of each campaign, all proceeds go to support venues in need, right now. 


How do I enter the prize draw?

A £5 minimum donation will enter you into the prize draw to win entry for you and a guest to your chosen event. You can also enter for free, by post. Winners will be selected at random.


When are the shows?

ALL SHOWS are ‘date TBC’. The artist has pledged to play a show at their chosen venue at a time in the future when it is safe for gigs to happen properly. Most shows are likely to take place between
September 2021 - March 2022. 

We know this seems a long time to wait. But we need to raise funds NOW to help the grassroots music venues we all love, and these shows will be worth waiting for. 


Supporting venues

Funds raised will directly support both the individual venue and the Music Venue Trust Crisis Fund, to ensure all threatened grassroots music venues will benefit.


Q. Can I make more than one donation against a single event?

Yes, each donation you make will get you one entry into the prize draw. Multiple donations will increase your chances of winning, but each entrant can only win one pair of passes to a single show.

Q. Can I donate more than £5 in a single donation?

Yes, but a single donation of any amount greater than £5 will only get you one entry into the prize draw.

Q. Can I donate/enter the prize draw for more than one event?

Yes, as many as you like!

Q. Why is the number of passes available for each show less than the venue’s capacity?

Given the nature of the shows, at some venues we may need to reserve floor space for additional production requirements.

Q. Can I donate without entering the prize draw?

Yes, you can simply donate to the campaign by not selecting the “1 entry to win entry for you and a guest” reward option.

Q. Can I enter the prize draw without donating?

Yes, you can enter for free by post: See the terms and conditions for details of how to do this.

Produced by

Passport: Back to Our Roots is produced by registered charity and independent grassroots venue Band on the Wall, the Music Venue Trust and Stephen Budd Music (creator of War Child’s Passport: Back to the Bars & Passport: To BRITs Week series).

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