Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly is a multimedia journalist, award-winning columnist and podcaster with a longstanding passion for The Big Issue's social mission. She is the Culture Editor of The Big Issue, and leads the Venue Watch campaign to champion grassroots music venues.
English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring
English Teacher - 2024's Independent Venue Week ambassadors
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English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring

Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there'd be no Madonna
Venue Watch

Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there'd be no Madonna

Domino Day star Siena Kelly: 'The society we live in turns powerful women into monsters'
Siena Kelly in Domino Day
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Domino Day star Siena Kelly: 'The society we live in turns powerful women into monsters'

'No mean feat': How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years
A young man crowdsurfing at The Wardrobe Leeds
Venue Watch

'No mean feat': How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years

At least two grassroots music venues closing each week
Fatboy Slim cheers at excited audience in grassroots music venue the Adelphi
Venue Watch

At least two grassroots music venues closing each week

Hello Kitty celebrates 50th anniversary: Behind the phenomenal rise of the Japanese icon
Hello Kitty
Exhibition

Hello Kitty celebrates 50th anniversary: Behind the phenomenal rise of the Japanese icon

Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder's tragic passing
A female punk singer plays to an impassioned crowd at London grassroots venue Luna
Venue Watch

Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder's tragic passing

'You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza': Why Sneaky Pete's is vital to Scottish music
A packed crowd enjoying Fatherson playing at Sneaky Pete's
Venue Watch

'You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza': Why Sneaky Pete's is vital to Scottish music

2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them
Idles singer Joe Talbot performs at grassroots music venue Moles
Venue Watch

2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them

Jason Donovan on how Kylie inspired his pop career and Joseph opened the door to the stage
Jason Donovan smiling
The Music That Made Me

Jason Donovan on how Kylie inspired his pop career and Joseph opened the door to the stage

Five Star's Deniece Pearson: 'I kissed Smokey Robinson's lips off'
Deniece Pearson Five Star in a bright feather outfit
The Music that made me

Five Star's Deniece Pearson: 'I kissed Smokey Robinson's lips off'

The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: 'It's a place for everybody'
Two women on guitars - Hot Wax play Sunbird Records in Darwen
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The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: 'It's a place for everybody'