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This grassroots venue brings 'astonishing' music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales
Tivoli grassroots venue north Wales - Martin Kemp onstage pointing at the crowd
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This grassroots venue brings 'astonishing' music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales

Every week, The Big Issue’s Venue Watch campaign supports and champions grassroots music venues across the UK. This week, we're in north Wales, where the Tivoli brings in huge bands – including Oasis, Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin. It's hugely important to its rural community
Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK's biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help
Band Hardillica have been performing at JOM for 2 years. Drummer Malachi has been performing as a solo drummer at JOM since 2019. His cousin Saffiyah is on vocals. Photo by Rod Main
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Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK's biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help

Big Issue's Venue Watch helps save Woking's only grassroots music venue: 'It's a big win'
Live band on stage at the rescued grassroots music venue Phoenix Cultural Centre
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Big Issue's Venue Watch helps save Woking's only grassroots music venue: 'It's a big win'

English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring
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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
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Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there'd be no Madonna

'No mean feat': How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years
A young man crowdsurfing at The Wardrobe Leeds
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'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
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At least two grassroots music venues closing each week

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

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'

How tiny music venue The Pit at Newstead revived a former mining community: 'It's a lifeline'
Tony Wright grinning in front of an excited crowd at The Pit Newstead
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How tiny music venue The Pit at Newstead revived a former mining community: 'It's a lifeline'

Iconic venue where Oasis and Pulp cut their teeth shuts after 45 years: 'We won't be the only ones'
The Cure playing at Moles in Bath
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Iconic venue where Oasis and Pulp cut their teeth shuts after 45 years: 'We won't be the only ones'

Urgent campaign to save London music venue Matchstick Piehouse after landlord sends in bailiffs
A crowd applauds a band on stage at Matchstick Piehouse
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Urgent campaign to save London music venue Matchstick Piehouse after landlord sends in bailiffs

Queens of the Stone Age review: Saving lives with joyous mayhem
Queens of the Stone Age live in Glasgow on their The End is Nero tour 2023
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Queens of the Stone Age review: Saving lives with joyous mayhem

Richard Hawley: 'Thatcher's Britain was a time of fear. If you were northern, you were f**ked'
Richard Hawley walking on the beach in his coat
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Richard Hawley: 'Thatcher's Britain was a time of fear. If you were northern, you were f**ked'

How Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival is nurturing tomorrow's headliners
Miles Davis playing onstage
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How Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival is nurturing tomorrow's headliners

Atherton 'had everything taken away'. The Snug brought back music and community
female fronted punk band on the stage of The Snug in Atherton
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Atherton 'had everything taken away'. The Snug brought back music and community

Inside the grassroots music venue where Oasis, Pulp and Ed Sheeran cut their teeth
Robert Smith of The Cure, Ed Sheeran and Morrissey leading The Smiths on stage in Moles, Bath
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Inside the grassroots music venue where Oasis, Pulp and Ed Sheeran cut their teeth

This Scottish music venue changed a disabled teen's life – but may run out of money in months
woman playing a keyboard and singing, MacArts centre, man in a hat at a microphone
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This Scottish music venue changed a disabled teen's life – but may run out of money in months

Steve Lamacq: 'This music venue changed my life... it's now a carpark'
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Steve Lamacq: 'This music venue changed my life... it's now a carpark'

How iconic London music venue The Windmill made Brixton a mecca for the best new bands
Members of Black Midi and Black Country, New Road in front of the gold curtain at the Windmill Brixton
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How iconic London music venue The Windmill made Brixton a mecca for the best new bands

How this plucky music venue is bringing a faded seaside town back from the dead
Northern Irish band Anna’s Number on stage in grassroots music venue The Court House, highlighted by Big Issue Venue Watch
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How this plucky music venue is bringing a faded seaside town back from the dead

Hot Box, Chelmsford: Possibly the only UK venue to puts on funk nights and a chess club
Images of musicians performing live in Hot Box, Chelmsford
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Hot Box, Chelmsford: Possibly the only UK venue to puts on funk nights and a chess club

Just Stop Oil targeted Glyndebourne, but their aim could be better
Glyndebourne Festival
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Just Stop Oil targeted Glyndebourne, but their aim could be better