100+ shows – 100+ venues – Limited Editon T-Shirts - Sold Out Dates

Music Venue Trust (MVT) is excited to announce the launch of Fightback, the public facing fundraising arm of the UK registered charity, with four SOLD OUT shows featuring The Wombats. The gigs are taking place at Grassroots Music Venues in Milton Keynes, Blackpool, Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent in February in associaton with Openstage. MVT patron Bright Light Bright Light will headline a show in March at The Horn in St Albans, fresh from touring with Erasure. Many more shows will follow.


Fightback will reach out to MVT’s associaton of venues, the 360-strong Music Venue Alliance, invitng them to organise live music events at their own venues throughout the year in support of the charity’s work. MVT has been working with music industry and

commercial partners to identfy key artsts and partnership opportunites that beneft the charity, the hostng venue and music fans in towns and cites around the country. 


Fightback Events Manager, Gary Prosser explains, “Fightback has been over a year in the

making and I am looking forward to working closely with every Grassroots Music Venue in the UK to create some memorable shows for fans of live music all over the UK. We’re building an incredible opportunity for artsts and brands to come together to directly

connect with Grassroots Music Venues and make a real diference”. Fightback aims to raise £100,000 from over 100 events in 2018 right across the UK. The money raised will directly support MVT’s Emergency Response service, which in 2017

directly intervened to tackle and halt threats of closure faced by 41 Grassroots Music Venues.


MVT is the only organisaton that places the future of grassroots music venues at the heart of everything it does. MVT campaigns to keep venues open, improve their reputaton, lower their costs and increase their income. To deliver this work, MVT is reliant upon donatons, sponsorship and fnancial support from fundraising initatves such as Fightback. Recent fundraising saw the launch of a range of limited editon “signature” T-shirts, featuring handwriten lyrics by featured artsts. The frst shirt, a limited editon I Stll Believe lyric shirt by Frank Turner, sold out in days. To celebrate the sold-out Wombats shows and the Bright Light Bright Light show the bands have designed their own handwriten lyric Tshirts, now available through MVT social media pages.