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Sheffield’s Dryad Works taken off #saveourvenues Red List

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues (GMVs), has announced today that Dryad Works in Sheffield is now deemed safe and have been removed from the #saveourvenues Red List.

Joe Taylor of Dryad Works had this to say: “Over the last year it’s been a very long and emotional journey for everyone involved with the venue but the support and commitment we’ve had from the local community, Sheffield City Council and the wider UK music community is without a doubt the most amazing and inspiring thing we have ever witnessed. Without that support, our story today would not be one of survival. From everyone here at Dryad Works we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts and hope to continue a bright and secure future at our ‘home on the hill’ in Parkwood Springs for many more years to come.”

Venues such as Dryad Works are crucial to the city’s underground events scene

It’s fantastic news to see the exciting venue reach safer waters; however, a total of 18 venues remain on the Red List, which highlights the venues in imminent danger of permanent closure.

Music Venue Trust’s ‘Traffic Light’ campaign, a new phase of itssaveourvenues campaign, is focused on securing the future of venues who were ineligible to receive funding from – or were wholly or partially unsuccessful in their application to – the recent government backed Cultural Recovery Fund. The venues that remain on the Red List and need crucial support are:

  • Alchemy, Croydon
  • Beehive Jazz, Kingston upon Hull
  • Boom, Leeds
  • Egg, Kings Cross
  • Legends Live Lounge, Oldham
  • Spiritual Bar, London
  • Stage and Radio, Manchester
  • The 1865, Southampton
  • The Black Heart, Camden
  • The Cobblestones, Bridgwater
  • The Fiddlers Elbow, Camden
  • The Hot Tin, Faversham
  • The Lexington, Islington
  • The Post Bar, Tottenham
  • The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington
  • The Windmill, Brixton
  • Venue 38, Ayr
  • Y Llew Coch, Macynlleth

The single landing page for the crowdfunding initiative powered by Crowdfunder can be viewed at People can choose an individual venue to donate to and if an individual target is reached by a particular venue the surplus donations will go towards supporting other venues in crisis.

A range of merchandise is exclusively available to support this campaign from Every item bought directly supports a venue, with MVT paying the costs of printing, packing and delivery.

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