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Grassroots music venues join forces to create festival Fightback Bristol

Established by Music Venue Trust, Fightback Bristol is a two week celebration of Bristol’s grassroots music venues, taking place February 4-18 2019

The grassroots music venues of Bristol have come together to create a fortnight festival, Fightback Bristol.

Fightback Bristol is designed to encourage people to visit their local grassroots music venues, and to promote Bristol’s musical talent. 16 participating venues and over 100 shows have already been secured, and live music will be available throughout each day of the festival.

Venues taking part include: Colston Hall, Crofter’s Rights, Exchange, Fiddlers Club, The Fleece, The Island, The Lanes, The Louisiana, Mother’s Ruin, Mr Wolfs, Thelka, Trinity, 02 Academy, The Old Bookshop.

Gary Prosser of Music Venue Trust said: “These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in Bristol, providing spaces where artists can take their first steps, develop and grow. Fightback Bristol provides an opportunity to showcase the fantastic range of artists and venues that Bristol enjoys, celebrating the history of our music scene and supporting its future.”

Graham MacLean from Ents24 commented: “Supporting venues has been an essential part of our 20-year history as the UK’s largest live guide, and we continue to work with hundreds of grassroots venues around the UK to provide them with the tools and assistance to help them fill their venues with live music fans. We are incredibly proud to be part of Fightback Bristol, where we can build upon our ongoing work with the Music Venue Trust and the pivotal cultural centres they support.”

A number of venues will be stocking Fightback Lager, which is Music Venues Trust’s new project to raise money to help grassroots venues throughout the country, providing venues with an affordable beer. 

PSNEurope recently wrote on the actions Music Venue Trust and the UK music industry are taking to support grassroots music venues, which can be found here.

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