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We need to save our venues. And we need to do it now.

London, Monday 27th April – Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.

Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots 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.

Currently 556 venues are at risk including The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent. “We’re extremely proud to be a grassroots music venue. These spaces are pipelines for talent and absolute lifelines for the communities they serve and the talents therein. We cannot allow them to be consigned to the past. UK music culture as we know it will simply not exist without these spaces, so it is vital to protect them” said Danni Brownsill, the venue’s chief booker and promoter.

Artists will be performing ‘at home’ gigs in support of their local venues, chosen from a list of venues currently in crisis which can be found at the campaign website  www.saveourvenues.co.uk. Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.

How can music fans get involved? 

1.       Donate to a specific venue’s fundraising page by clicking this link www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of local venues that urgently need help.

2.       Watch ‘at home’ shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Click here www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of shows coming up.

3.       Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website www.saveourvenues.co.uk

4.       Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link www.saveourvenues.co.uk.

One of the main drivers of this initiative is the musician Frank Turner whose recent series of ‘Independent Venue Love’ shows for local venues Nambucca (London), The Joiners (Southampton) the Railway Inn (Winchester) and The Forum (Tunbridge Wells) raised thousands of pounds and provided a major inspiration for this campaign.

Frank Turner said, “The UK live music industry is staring into the abyss right now. I’m not able to save the whole thing on my own, but I decided to do a series of livestream shows to raise money for specific independent venues that I know and love, and that are in serious risk of disappearing right now. The success of these shows demonstrated the love that exists between music fans and their favourite grassroots music venues so the #saveourvenues campaign is a brilliant way of building on that and hopefully giving artists and music fans a chance to get involved and play a big part in helping them survive.”

One venue saved from closure by Frank’s fundraising gigs is Tunbridge Wells Forum.  Co-founder Jason Dormon said “Frank Turner has always championed the grassroots sector, having grown up and learnt his craft in these venues. His generosity and commitment is truly admirable, he inspires live music fans to come together and unite in raising awareness and funds for the UK’s grassroots music venues. We were totally overwhelmed and heartened by Frank’s help and the support and generosity of the local community.”

Music Venue Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd said, “Without the support of music fans and artists literally hundreds of the UK’s grassroots music venues could go out of business, never to return, in the coming months. Please help to save every single grassroots music venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities.”


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News – Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack & the Darker My Horizon all supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020

Delighted to have Letz Zep, Dandelion Charm, Paul Carrack and the Darker My Horizon all supporting next year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day, which aims to spread the word of the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity.

If any band or artist would like to join in please contact me via this website.

Please support them if you are able, either by attending one of their shows or spreading the word.

(All on February 8th unless stated)

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM are planning something special in support of Nordoff Robbins (this year their gig raised over £170!)

THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

fifty gigs in a day – ed byrne

Delighted to have comedian Ed Byrne involved again and he appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke on Feb 8 2020.

Plus he has also kindly donated a pair of tickets to any of the shows below and these will be done via a charity auction on eBay in August, with all proceeds going to the Nordoff Robbins charity.

You can see him on tour here –

18 September 2019 – Radlett Centre, Radlett
19 September 2019 – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
25 September 2019 – Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
26 September 2019 – Civic Centre, Trowbridge
27 September 2019 – The Stables, Milton Keynes
1 October 2019 – The Brindley Centre, Cheshire
3 October 2019 – Guildhall, Winchester
4 October 2019 – Guildhall, Winchester
5 October 2019 – Hertford Theatre, Hertford
10 October 2019 – Corn Exchange, Beford
16 October 2019 – Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
17 October 2019 – Palace, Newark
19 October 2019 – Town Hall, Loughborough
28 October 2019 – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
1 November 2019 – Marine Hall, Fleetwood
7 November 2019 – The Capitol, Horsham
8 November 2019 – Dorking Halls, Dorking
9 November 2019 – Civic Hall, Bedworth
12 November 2019 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
13 November 2019 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
14 November 2019 – Apex, Bury St Edmunds
15 November 2019 – Hexagon Theatre, Reading
16 November 2019 – Albans Arena, St Albans
19 November 2019 – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
21 November 2019 – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
22 November 2019 – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
26 November 2019 – Assembly Hall, Worthing
27 November 2019 – Hawth Theatre, Crawley
28 November 2019 – Floral Pavilion Theatre, Merseyside
29 November 2019 – Town Hall, Cheltenham
30 November 2019 – The Castle, Wellingborough
4 December 2019 – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
5 December 2019 – Grand Theatre, Swansea
7 December 2019 – Charter Hall, Colchester
10 December 2019 – Pyramid and Parr Hall, Warrington
12 December 2019 – Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
13 December 2019 – Barbican, York

Newly announced extension:

17 January 2020 – The Hawth, Crawley
18 January 2020 – Rose Theatre, Kingston
21 January 2020 – The Stables, Milton Keynes
22 January 2020 – The Grand, Lancaster
24 January 2020 – Royal Hall, Harrogate
25 January 2020 – Memorial Hall, Sheffield
29 January 2020 – New Theatre, Peterborough
30 January 2020 – Town Hall, Birmingham
31 January 2020 – City Hall, Hull
1 February 2020 – Victoria Hall, Stoke
2 February 2020 – The Lowry, Salford
4 February 2020 – Theatre Royal, Norwich
5 February 2020 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
6 February 2020 – Central Theatre, Chatham
7 February 2020 – Palace Theatre, Watford
8 February 2020 – Anvil, Basingstoke
10 February 2020 – Harlequin, Redhill
11 February 2020 – Apex, Bury St Edmunds
12 February 2020 – Derngate, Northampton
13 February 2020 – Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
14 February 2020 – Pavilion, Glasgow
26 February 2020 – Arena, St Albans
27 February 2020 – Pavilion, Bournemouth
28 February 2020 – Waterside, Aylesbury
29 February 2020 – Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
1 March 2020 – Theatre, Richmond
4 March 2020 – New Victoria, Woking
5 March 2020 – Waterfront Hall, Belfast
6 March 2020 – Corn Exchange, Brighton
7 March 2020 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
10 March 2020 – Cube, Corby
11 March 2020 – Drill Hall, Lincoln
12 March 2020 – Oakengates, Telford
13 March 2020 – Wyvern, Swindon
17 March 2020 – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
18 March 2020 – Town Hall, Cheltenham
19 March 2020 – Forum, Bath
20 March 2020 – Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
21 March 2020 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
24 March 2020 – Arena, Walsall
25 March 2020 – O2 Southampton Guildhall
26 March 2020 – Pavilion, Exmouth
27 March 2020 – Wellsprings, Taunton
28 March 2020 – Pavilions, Plymouth
29 March 2020 – Octogon, Yeovil

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020- JIMEOIN

Delighted to add the first act kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020 next February 8, comedian Jimeoin. He is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 8 Feb 2020. In the meantim, he has plenty of upcoming shows –

10/05/19 Sydney Comedy Festival The Concourse, Chatswood Buy Tickets
11/05/19 Sydney Comedy Festival Enmore Theatre Buy Tickets
17/05/19 Dee Why Dee Why RSL Buy Tickets
18/05/19 Wentworthville Wenty Leagues Buy Tickets
24/05/19 Kingsford The Juniors Buy Tickets
25/05/19 Windsor Windsor RSL Buy Tickets
31/05/19 Penrith Panthers Buy Tickets
01/06/19 St Georges Basin The Country Club Buy Tickets
07/06/19 Gosford Central Coast Leagues Club Buy Tickets
08/06/19 Rooty Hill Rooty Hill RSL Buy Tickets
21/06/19 Canberra Southern Cross Club Buy Tickets
22/06/19 Revesby Revesby Workers’ Buy Tickets
28/06/19 Hornsby Hornsby RSL Buy Tickets
29/06/19 Castle Hill Castle Hill RSL Buy Tickets

‘The Ridiculous – Extra Show’

20/07/19 Derry/Londonderry Millenium Forum Buy Tickets

‘Ramble On!’

02/08/19 Edinburgh Pleasance at EICC Buy Tickets
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10/10/19 Southend Palace Theatre Buy Tickets
11/10/19 St. Albans Alban Arena Buy Tickets
12/10/19 Basingstoke The Anvil Buy Tickets
13/10/19 Aberdeen Comedy Festival Aberdeen Music Hall Buy Tickets
15/10/19 Southport Waterfront Suite Buy Tickets
16/10/19 Runcorn Brindley Theatre Buy Tickets
17/10/19 Redditch Palace Theatre Buy Tickets
18/10/19 Dudley Town Hall Buy Tickets
19/10/19 Halifax Victoria Theatre Buy Tickets
20/10/19 Durham Gala Theatre & Cinema Buy Tickets
22/10/19 Oxford North Wall Buy Tickets
23/10/19 Bournemouth Wimborne Tivoli Buy Tickets
24/10/19 Portsmouth New Theatre Royal Buy Tickets
25/10/19 Malvern Forum Theatre Buy Tickets
26/10/19 Middlesbrough Town Hall Buy Tickets
27/10/19 Doncaster Cast Buy Tickets
29/10/19 Telford Oakengates Theatre Buy Tickets
30/10/19 Exeter Corn Exchange Buy Tickets
31/10/19 Jersey Opera House Buy Tickets
01/11/19 Worthing Assembly Hall Buy Tickets
02/11/19 London Southbank Centre Buy Ticket

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £350 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised £353 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£76 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£40 = book launch for ‘The End of Magic by Mark Stay

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

A MASSIVE thank you to all the bands, artists, author & comedians who took part; those who generously donated either via Facebook, JustGiving or at an event and anyone who shared or liked a post on social media.

That is over £500 raised for Nordoff Robbins in the two years Fifty Gigs In A Day has been running and as it is such a success I am planning to do it again next year 🙂

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £300 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised over £300 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£66 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

Thank you to the following for taking part and helping spread the word on the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity –


Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. joined in even though they are not currently touring.

Plus there is still one event to go as author Mark Stay is kindly donating one pound for every copy signed or sold of his new book ‘The End of Magic’, at the official book launch on Friday 15 February at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.


Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday 8 February


Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday (although there have been gigs already from Space Elevator & Hanson Asiedu). Those with gigs this Friday are –




Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead, Tax the Heat and Andrew W.K. will be joining in even though they are not currently touring.

All will be mentioning the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media on Feb 8th

In addition there are some gigs taking place specifically plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on stage and/or raising funds for them –

Folk night at the Railway Inn, Portslade tomorrow night (7 Feb) – thanks to Robb Johnson

Dandelion Charm are playing a gig at the Brunswick, Hove on Feb 8th. It is free entry and any donations on the night will go to Nordoff Robbins.

Folk duo Ninebarrow play North Ferriby Village Hall

Author Mark Stay has a signing event for his new book ‘The End of Magic’ and he will donate £1 for each copy sold and/or signed on the night (15 Feb)

Latest updates can be found here –



Just Giving page is below if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins


LOST VOICE GUY UK tour starts 2 February

Geordie comedian Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley) won over audiences across the UK with his unique stand up routine and took the title as last year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner.

He is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 and appears at Southend’s Palace Theatre on February 8.

Lost Voice Guy is known for his one of a kind stand up routine in which his speech synthesiser delivers sharp jokes covering everything from his disability to popular culture, providing major belly laughs and ‘oh no he didn’t!’ moments.

After his debut in 2012 Lee has gone on to win the BBC New Comedy Award and appeared on a host of TV and radio shows such as The One Show, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and Voice of the People.

Lost Voice Guy recently had his hit BBC Radio 4 series Ability, co-written by Lee with Katherine Jakeways, renewed for a second season.


Lost Voice Guy UK tour dates Spring 2019:
Sat 2 Feb – Civic, Barnsley
Wed 6 Feb – Norwich Playhouse, Norwich
Thu 7 Feb – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Fri 8 Feb – Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea
Sat 9 Feb – The Deco, Northampton
Thu 14 Feb – Memorial Court, Northwich
Fri 15 Feb – The Lowry (Quays), Salford
Sat 16 Feb – Middleton Hall, Uni of Hull, Hull
Sun 17 Feb – Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed 20 Feb – Glee, Cardiff
Thu 21 Feb – Ffwrnes Llanelli, Wales
Fri 22 Feb – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Sat 23 Feb – Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester
Sat 2 Mar – Leadmill, Sheffield
Sun 3 Mar – Little Theatre, Chorley
Mon 4 Mar – Glee, Birmingham
Wed 6 Mar – Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Fri 8 Mar – William Astor Hall, Wrexham
Sat 9 Mar – The Theatre, Chipping Norton
Sun 10 Mar – Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Mon 11 Mar – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Wed 13 Mar – Corn Exchange, Exeter
Fri 15 Mar – Playhouse, Nottingham
Sat 16 Mar – Broadway, Peterborough
Mon 18 Mar – Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
Weds 20 Mar – Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Fri 22 Mar – Camberley Theatre,Camberley
Sat 23 Mar – The Stables, Milton Keynes
Sun 24 Mar – Harlow Playhouse, Harlow
Mon 25 Mar – Quarry House Theatre, Bedford
Wed 27 Mar – Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Mon 1 Apr – Rotunda, Glasgow
Tue 2 Apr – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Fri 5 Apr – Arc, Stockton on Tees
Sat 6 Apr – Carnegie Theatre, Cumbria
Tues 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton
Weds 17 Apr – Komedia, Brighton

Comedy night to raise money for Northwood cancer charity

A comedy night that will raise money for a medical charity in Northwood that helps people affected by cancer and other serious conditions will be held in September, it has been announced.

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital which carries out monitoring and diagnosis of people with mainly cancer, but also other serious conditions using CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners as well as medical research. The charity has to raise money in order to continually update its scanning equipment and help make sure that patients receive the best possible care.

The comedy night, held at The Comedy Bunker in West Ruislip, will be headlined by comedian Paul Tonkinson, with Zoe Lyons as the opening act.

Zoe took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. She went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the comedy newcomer award. In 2008 she won the Dave, Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award. Zoe has appeared in many TV shows including Mock the Week, The Wright Stuff, Michael McIntyre Roadshow and many more.

According to entertainment website Comedyclub.co.uk, Paul Tonkinson is “a shameless and a self-confessed professional northerner. A master of mimicry and particular amusing accents, he takes his audience on a guided tour of Britain, using his observational skills – and those funny voices to find humour in almost every region in the UK and further afield.” He has been described as “brilliant” by The Independent.

·         The comedy night is taking place at The Comedy Bunker, The Fairway, Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, HA4 7DQ (directly opposite West Ruislip Underground and railway station), on Friday 1 September. Doors open 8am for 8.30am start. Tickets are £12.50 (£4 goes to Paul Strickland Scanner Centre); email appeals@stricklandscanner.org.uk or call 01923 844290.