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Del Amitri to play Orkney gig as part of multi-artist tour to support grassroots music venues

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Del Amitri to play Orkney gig as part of multi-artist tour to support grassroots music venues


Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, announces exciting additions to The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour taking place in January 2022.

On Saturday January 15th Scottish rockers Del Amitri will be playing a special show at Sound Archive in Kirkwall, Orkney, the most northerly venue represented by Music Venue Trust.

On returning to Orkney’s Kirkwall Justin Currie said “Del Amitri are thrilled to be returning to Orkney for the first time since 1992 when we were bowled over by the scenery, hospitality and Highland Park flowing like water. It will be wonderful to play there again.”

"We are delighted to host Del Amitri as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. Being a small venue on an island we have struggled to get back on our feet since restrictions were lifted” said Neil Stevenson, owner of Sound Archive. “This gig is a welcome boost for us at a traditionally quiet time of year, it’s a great bonus for both the venue and the gig going community on the island. To be able to book Del Amitri is amazing for us as we would normally not be able to attract this level of band."

Speaking about the importance of grassroots music venues Iain Harvie, guitarist and co-founder member of Del Amitri, said “No grassroots, no grass. We cut our teeth playing self-promoted shows in cafés and bars around Glasgow — places that held fifty people. Its part of who we are. There cant be a performer in the world who wasnt inspired by going to see shows in a local venue. Glasgows Burns Howff, The Rock Garden, Paisleys legendary Bungalow Bar (all only memories now) were the places I was led astray. King Tuts, Nice N Sleazy, Stereo, The Old Hairdressers, are places you will see the citys finest now.”

Carl Barât, who will play an 11-date run starting at Cambridge Junction on January 6th, said “This January I am excited to be playing grassroots venues around the UK as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. I’ll be playing some old favourites and showcasing some songs from my upcoming solo record in an intimate setting with some very special pals. Grassroots venues have always been vital, both culturally and also for upcoming artists. They need supporting more than ever right now.”

Also added is a double-header tour by Grandmas House & Panic Shack, plus tours by The Snuts, The Howl & The Hum, Marino & Mace The Great, Minas, Noah Bouchard, Yazmean and James & The Cold Gun.

Shows will be taking place across the country, with National Lottery players having a chance to bring a ‘plus one’ for free. This extension of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour follows the overwhelming success of the inaugural tour during the summer which saw The National Lottery contribute £1M to directly underwrite the touring and production costs of hundreds of live performances, enabling the grassroots live music industry to start promoting shows again in the knowledge that the upfront costs associated with touring were fully covered.

One-off special shows line-up:
Del Amitri, Enter Shikari, Becky Hill, Bastille, Feeder, Kojey Radical, Maisie Peters and The Coral

Touring artists line-up:
Carl Barât, The Snuts, KEG, The Wytches, Cultdreams, Ferris & Sylvester, The Kut, Good Karma Club, BLOCS, Strange Bones, Calva Louise, LibraLibra, The Howl & The Hum, Marino & Mace The Great, Minas, Noah Bouchard, Yazmean and James & The Cold Gun.
The National Lottery will once again underwrite the full touring and production costs of artists participating as part of their ongoing commitment to the grassroots music sector. This support for the live music sector forms part of a continuing collaboration between VisitBritain and The National Lottery to support the UK Visitor economy.

The money for this initiative comes from a National Lottery promotional fund. It is not being funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

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