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Friday, 15 April 2016

SAVE LONDON MUSIC | The Friday Feature April 16

This week we look at the music campaign being run for London from Mill Hill : SAVE LONDON MUSIC.

 The problem :

London has lost many music venues in the last few years making it hard to see or play live music. Much of the reason is the massive rise in property prices making pubs and clubs uneconomic.

Mark Davyd of the  "Venues Trust" says that he understands why it’s happening. " It all boils down to money. The Tunbridge Wells Forum as a venue, for example, is valued at just 31% of the figure it would reach if used for apartments. This isn’t just happening in Britain, it’s happening worldwide. "

Save London Music says :
"One quarter of all London Music Venues have shut in eight years.
Half of all commercial recording studios in London have closed since 2000."

The Answer :

"We have set up the #SaveLondonMusic campaign in response to the closure of six local music venues in Mill Hill and the closure of two well respected recording/rehearsal studios in Southgate. We've got in touch with other industry contacts and now over 20 London Studios and venues have signed up as supporters of the campaign. The #SaveLondonMusic has also received endorsements from several well known musicians including Lee Thompson of Madness."  SAVE LONDON MUSIC

As usual those of us in Mill Hill who know Roger from Mill Hill Music Studios know that he would stand by and watch the venues of London demolished one after another until all we were left with was the O2 Arena and Wembley Stadium for live music.  Roger decided to set up an organisation on Facebook and with a website to campaign by getting artists and venues to help each other promote events at the smaller venues in London so that they could survive. Not only that he has been on Radio London and in the press highlighting the issues and trying to get legislation passed in Parliament that protects this vital cultural venues.

"We have set ourselves the target of having a SaveLondonMusic gig at every small London Venue between now and the end of 2016."

Call To Action :

So what can people do to support Roger and SAVE LONDON MUSIC ?

1. Join the FACEBOOK group by clicking HERE

2. Visit the WEBSITE for the latest news by clicking HERE

3. Look over the list of EVENTS that SAVE LONDON MUSIC is promoting by clicking HERE and choose one or more to support or join something like SONGKICK and follow some smaller local bands HERE Possible Roger could post a list of bands/events in the comments section if he has any time.

4. Share these details with your friends on Social Media and spread the word  HERE

5. If you are a venue or band - get involved and if everyone works together then together we CAN "SAVE LONDON MUSIC" for generations to come.

Here at the Broadway Blog and News we are massive fans of live music and we totally support this campaign and urge everyone to try and visit a small venue over the summer.  Often you can see amazing music for virtually nothing and potentially see the stars of the future.  Muse who play the London O2 Arena this week once played a show supporting TOPLOADER in the tiny and lovely Water Rats venue at Kings Cross - just a few minutes away on Thameslink from Mill Hill Broadway. It was around £5/6 for a ticket and about 100 people attended !  So it really is a great chance to be part of music history and music's future. 

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