Big Artists. Small Gigs. Making a Huge Difference to Independent Grassroots 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. Fundraising campaigns for each event will be open for two weeks, and at the end of each campaign, all proceeds go to support venues in need, right now.
How Does it Work?
Major artists support the venues that provide a crucial platform as the first rung on the UK’s world-renowned touring circuit, championing the fundraising campaigns and pledging to ‘return to their roots’ by playing a show at their chosen grassroots venue at a point in the future when ‘normal service’ can resume for live music.
These shows are not live-streamed from an empty room or held under ‘social distancing’ conditions.
Rather, they are a celebration of the unrivalled experience of watching your favourite artist in a room full of friends and fellow fans – as it should be.
This means that all gigs are ‘date TBC’. They will happen when it’s safe for gigs to happen properly, most likely March – September 2021. We know this seems a long time to wait. But we need to raise funds right now, to help the grassroots music venues we all love.
How can I buy a ticket?
The first rule of Passport: Back to Our Roots is…THERE ARE NO TICKETS. We’re asking you to support your favourite venues by making a £5 minimum donation to the campaign. Participating artists and venues will be announced in blocks – you can find details on our Crowdfunder page here.
Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize draw to win entry for themselves and a friend. No tickets means NO TOUTS! Winners will need to bring photo ID – such as their passport – in order to gain entry.
How can I donate?
Gigs will be announced in blocks. Visit our Crowdfunder page to see more.
Can I donate without entering the prize draw?
Yes! Simply select ‘I don’t want to enter the prize draw’ when you make your donation.
Can I enter the prize draw without making a donation?
Yes, you can enter for free by post. Details will be announced before the campaign opens.
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).
Entry via Crowdfunder campaign: Opens 17th August here: www.passportbacktoourroots.org/
The Slow Readers Club
The Slow Readers Club are a Manchester based four piece who specialise in indie electro doom pop. 'Intense, collar tugging urgency is interpreted by the emotions of young lovers, separated by the thin divide of an airport arrivals gate, in a very different way to the stock broker waiting for the bell that closes a dirty day’s trading. Urgency, the sound of sand ebbing through the hour glass to the chaos of an urban rush hour, sums up the music of The Slow Readers Club. In their former incarnation, Omertà, two thirds of The Slow Readers Club line up were loved and lauded by fans and industry figures who saw the same depth in their music as exists in the sounds of Interpol, Nick Cave, Arcade Fire and other contemporaries. The Slow Readers Club maintains these irresistible, crowd-pleasing sensibilities whilst nursing tender hearts.'
See 23 tour dates featuring The Slow Readers Club
The Trades Club
- Holme Street
- Hebden Bridge
- HX7 8EE