The Edge are raising money for Music Venue Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting, improving and saving Grassroots Music Venues across the UK. Due to the pandemic the live industry has been hit immensely with famous venues such as Gorilla and The Deaf Institute in Manchester almost closing down due to financial difficulty. This has been the case for many iconic venues.
Venues such as The Joiners, The 100 Club, Tunbridge Wells Forum, etc, have played a crucial role in the development of music over the years by helping promote the careers of local talent whilst also providing artists a platform to get their message heard through music and performance. British popular culture is purely based upon music and is an element we cannot lose; music celebrates diversity and brings people together – something we need in the current climate.
Recently Music Venue Trust launched the #SaveOurVenues campaign which so far has raised over £1.5 million in donations. This funding has taken 140 grassroots music venues off the ‘critical’ list. But the work isn’t over yet there are still over 500 venues still at financial risk and by throwing this festival we hope to raise the importance of our venues by showcasing local talent and the venues that have lifted their careers.
The Edgetival is a free festival taking place on 14th and 15th August, however if you would like to donate to #SaveOurVenues then please feel free to. All proceeds will directly go to Music Venue Trust.
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