London Mayor Boris Johnson has publicly backed a campaign to save music venues in the capital, which has reportedly lost 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007.
Launching London’s Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan, put together by the Music Venues Taskforce, Johnson said:
“From the Rolling Stones to David Bowie, the Clash to Oasis and Ed Sheeran to Adele, grassroots music venues have played a key role in enabling some of the biggest names in music to develop as artists and to build audiences.
“They are the incubators for the stars that go on to pack stadiums in London and across the world.
“The Music Venues Taskforce report makes it clear that protecting live music venues is crucial to London’s continued position as the music capital of the world.
“This timely report will shape our long term action plan to safeguard and revive London’s vital network of live music venues, ensuring the future of the capital’s culturally and economically important music scene.”
Frank Turner, who is an advisor to the Music Venues Taskforce, added: “I’ve seen a lot of the venues that gave me the chance to experiment and grow as an artist disappear.
“Without the spaces for new talent to discover itself and its audience, music in London will die a slow death, and the UK will lose a huge part of its culture. Something needs to be done to protect these spaces.”