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Elbow at Night & Day - Passport: Back To Our Roots Post-Covid Gigs

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Back to basics to help grassroots venues
Manchester band Elbow will return to their roots to perform an intimate gig as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted. The show at Manchester's Night & Day Cafe will be part of a series of Passport: Back To Our Roots concerts, a new campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure.

Passport Back To Our Roots, Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Readers Club, Night & Day, Amersham Arms, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Esquires


Also headlining gigs around the country are Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting and The Slow Readers Club. More shows will be announced soon.

The artists will be playing one-off, intimate shows at small venues on dates to be confirmed, when it is safe to perform with no social distancing.

Entry to the shows will be via a prize draw which will run for two weeks from Monday August 17, 2020 via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/passport-back-to-our-roots. For a 5 minimum donation to the campaign, music fans will be entered into the draw to win entry to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest.

Elbow, who usually play at UK arenas, will be returning to the 220-capacity Night & Day Cafe, three decades after they first performed at the venue.

Passport Back To Our Roots, Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Readers Club, Night & Day, Amersham Arms, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Esquires
Return: Elbow will perform again at Night & Day

"This is a simple way of looking after the very roots of British music, and will result in some powerful, joyous shows when we can at last see each other again. I'm very proud to be involved," says singer Guy Garvey.

Venue director, Jennifer Smithson, adds: "We are thrilled and honoured to have Elbow returning to Night & Day. Elbow have been friends of the venue for many years. We'd also like to thank Passport: Back To Our Roots and the other partner companies for pulling this together and helping grassroots venues like ours at this difficult and challenging time. This should be a very special show and has the potential to be something quite amazing."

Passport Back To Our Roots, Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Readers Club, Night & Day, Amersham Arms, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Esquires
Grassroots: Everything Everything


Everything Everything are showing their support for the initiative by playing at the 250-capacity Esquires in Bedford.

"Like all artists worth their salt, we came up through smaller rooms and tiny stages, learning our craft as we went," says bassist and keyboardist Jeremy Pritchard. "So often these vital venues are run on a shoestring, but what they provide to their community socially and artistically is invaluable. The Back To Our Roots project is helping grassroots music venues back on their feet after these testing times. We wanted to come to Esquires as it's exactly the sort of gig we'd have done ten years ago, but actually never had the opportunity to. It's our pleasure to be involved."

Passport Back To Our Roots, Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Readers Club, Night & Day, Amersham Arms, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Esquires
Gig booking: The Slow Readers Club (pic: Sarah Junker)


Audio-visual songsmiths Public Service Broadcasting will be performing at The Amersham Arms in New Cross, London, which holds 300 people, while The Slow Readers Club will be playing at the 200-capacity Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

Public Service Broadcasting's J. Willgoose Esq. says: "We're delighted to be taking part in Passport: Back To Our Roots and taking the chance to play at The Amersham Arms. We never actually managed to play there when we started out so it'll be great to do so, finally, and in support of such a good cause."

Passport Back To Our Roots, Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Slow Readers Club, Night & Day, Amersham Arms, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Esquires
Good cause: Public Service Broadcasting


The brainchild of Sally Cook, Director of Operations at Band on the Wall, and Stephen Budd, creator of War Child's Passport: Back to the Bars and Passport: To BRITs Week series, Passport: Back to Our Roots has partnered with Music Venue Trust to raise funds to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Eighty per cent of all money raised will go to the Music Venue Trust, who in turn will distribute half of the amount to the host venue with the remainder going into their Crisis Fund, benefiting all venues in need of financial support. The remaining 20 per cent will go to Inner City Music, the charitable organisation that operates the multi-award winning not-for-profit historic music venue Band on the Wall in Manchester, which is responsible for the administration of the project and will cover its overheads.

Sally Cook says: "It's incredibly exciting to see artists supporting the grassroots venues that form the foundation of the UK's live music industry, acknowledging their importance and celebrating the unrivalled experience of watching your favourite bands up close and personal, surrounded by friends and united in appreciation for live music in all its loud and sweaty glory."

Stephen Budd adds: "I'm delighted to help put this amazing series of shows together. There is nothing like seeing your favourite artist in a venue that is closest to the artist's hearts. These shows will be awe-inspiring for those fans who are lucky enough to win the prize draw and also a joy for the artists who participate knowing they are helping keep live grassroots venues alive."

For more information see www.passportbacktoourroots.org
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Why? Big bands in small venues
When: When social distancing restrictions are lifted
Where: Night & Day, Manchester, plus other venues around the UK
Cost: 5
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