NEWS: 'Revive Live' tour to return this summer- first names include Charli XCX, Paolo Nutini, The Amazons, Lianne La Havas, Sleaford Mods and The Coral 2
Lianne La Havas- Credit Ravi Dhar

NEWS: ‘Revive Live’ tour to return this summer- first names include Charli XCX, Paolo Nutini, The Amazons, Lianne La Havas, Sleaford Mods and The Coral

The National Lottery and Music Venue Trust (MVT)  have, once again, curated an immense lineup for Revive Live tours supporting grassroots music venues across the UK. Acts such as Charli XCX, Paolo Nutini, Lianne La Havas, Sleaford Mods, The Amazons and The Coral are to perform special shows at grassroots music venues in the UK between June and September, with support from the National Lottery.

This series of events is all about bringing people together, so everyone who buys a ticket for the gig can bring a friend along for  FREE as long as they show a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on the door.

CEO of Music Venue Trust, Mark Davyd, said: “At a time when many people are facing a tough financial situation it’s fantastic that The National Lottery are supporting the return of live music with such a fantastic two-for-one offer on tickets for fans.”

The Revive Live campaign was launched in Summer 2020 to help grassroots music venues survive after Covid and included intimate performances from  Tom Jones, Wolf Alice and Sam Fender.  January this year saw  Bastille, Feeder and Enter Shakiri playing at similar venues.

This Summer, Revive Live is back with an expansive programme of live shows from emerging artists including Baby Dave, THUMPER, Vigilantes, Everything Everything, Tide Lines, Jamie Webster, Superlove, and Coach Party, Enola Gay, THE GOA EXPRESS, DITZ,  Kills Birds and more.

Many headline artists will be performing special one-off shows to highlight the importance of grassroots music venues.  There are some unmissable events.  Sleaford Mods have chosen  Nottingham’s 100-capacity Chameleon Arts Cafe as their homecoming  Revive Live Gig, after previously filling a ten thousand-capacity venue in the city. The Coral will head to Blackpool’s Bootleg Social and The Amazons will play a hometown show at Reading’s Face Bar.   Paolo Nutini will perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, while Southampton’s 1865 will host a special Glastonbury-warm-up-show by Lianne La Havas. 

Speaking of the upcoming show, La Havas said, “I love intimate venues and they have been a big part of how I started out on my own live music and artistic journey. I hope spaces like this will stick around so they can continue to help artists thrive and keep live music accessible to a diverse range of people”.

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The Coral

James Skelly of The Coral echoed her sentiments by saying, Grassroots venues are the real beating heart of the music industry. It’s really rewarding to be able to go back to a place like the Bootleg Social. A venue like this isn’t just important to artists and fans, it can be a focus for the whole community.’

While, James Williamson of Sleaford Mods said, “Independent venues were the only places we played for the first two years of Sleaford Mods. They hold the histories and stories of all the great bands that have passed through so playing at these places isn’t just about your gig, it’s also about experiencing the venue and its particular piece of history… Without it we wouldn’t be where we are now. It encouraged us to never give up and never lied to us. It’s a realism we can’t lose.”

Sleaford Mods

Revive Live will include a series of shows curated by champions of the grassroots music scene, including Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze,  while Radio presenter Steve  Lamacq has selected two bands to join the tour – THE GOA EXPRESS and Deadletter. 

Lamacq said: “I jumped at the chance of being involved in these Revive Live gigs because I’ve always loved seeing bands at small grassroots venues. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in live music. The venues have been through a massively difficult time and it’s thanks to The National Lottery that we can help support live music at this level…I hope fans will enjoy the artists I’ve picked –   THE GOA EXPRESS’ recent London gig was an absolute joy. They have got grit and jangle and good hooks. Deadletter are tight, lyrically fascinating and provoking and their performance is incredibly compelling to watch.”

Tickets go on sale Friday June 17th at 10am from Ticketweb with a  further two hundred gigs due to take place between June and September. The full lineup is available from HERE

National Lottery players WITH a gig ticket can take a ‘plus one’ for free, so all you need to show at the door is the ticket purchased for the gig, together with a   National Lottery ticket. See here for further details:

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Lianne La Havas- Photo Credit Rhavi Dhar.

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