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'This is not the end': Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction
Female experimental musician plays at Iklectik
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'This is not the end': Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction

Every week, The Big Issue’s Venue Watch campaign supports and champions grassroots music venues across the UK. This week, we take a look at how one London-based community refused to give up when they lost their venue. Can Iklectik find a new way forward for their experimental sounds?
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

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'
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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'

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody crowns Bangor music venue National Lottery Project of the Year
Gary Lightbody os Snow Patrol presents The Court House with teh trophy for National Lottery Project of the Year
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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody crowns Bangor music venue National Lottery Project of the Year

Folk music venue fights for survival after 'unfair' £99k bill from billionaire landlords
Folk musicians playing at The Harrison in London
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Folk music venue fights for survival after 'unfair' £99k bill from billionaire landlords

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

This hidden gem Hull music venue counts Paul Heaton, Jarvis Cocker and Idles as friends
Kaiser Chiefs headline The Adelphi in Hull's 30th birthday party
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This hidden gem Hull music venue counts Paul Heaton, Jarvis Cocker and Idles as friends

'Meltdown averted for now': Grassroots music venues' relief at Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement
The Court House in Bangor - grassroots music venues were relieved at the autumn statement
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'Meltdown averted for now': Grassroots music venues' relief at Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement

Shock £300k bill from bankrupt council threatens Woking's only grassroots music venue
Live band on stage at Fiery Bird grassroots music venue, part of the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Woking - Big Issue Venue Watch
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Shock £300k bill from bankrupt council threatens Woking's only grassroots music venue

'We haven't done enough': Why arenas need to step up and support grassroots music venues
A band onstage at a grassroots music venue
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'We haven't done enough': Why arenas need to step up and support grassroots music venues

Building careers from U2 to Self Esteem, The Horn is a haven for 'people a little bit outside normal'
Rebecca ‘Self Esteem’ Taylor playing with her previous band Slow Club at the Horn, St Albans - a much-loved grassroots music venue
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Building careers from U2 to Self Esteem, The Horn is a haven for 'people a little bit outside normal'

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