Launched last August, Passport: Back to Our Roots is a nationwide series of one-off intimate gigs by the UK’s biggest artists, supporting the independent grassroots venues that form the foundations of the country’s live music scene.
For a minimum donation to the campaign, music fans were entered into a prize draw to win entry to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest, to be held on dates to be confirmed when no social distancing was required.
Passport: Back to Our Roots have announced the date of a special show by Elbow at the Night & Day Café in Manchester on November 23rd 2021.
Speaking about the gig Elbow’s Guy Garvey says “My dear departed friend Jan Oldenburg didn’t just start a music venue when he opened the Night and Day Café. He started a mini cultural revolution.
“So proud to be of the era that give us Doves, Badly Drawn Boy, Rae & Christian, Stephen Fretwell, Andy Votel, I Am Kloot, Alfie, Jane Weaver, Mum & Dad to name but a few. Novelists, illustrators, choreographers, chefs, the best of their generation all congregated around that famous marble topped bar.
“This won’t be just a celebration of venues this size and their importance but of everything Jan Oldenburg gave to Manchester’s cultural history.”
With proceeds going towards both the individual venues and Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign, Passport: Back to Our Roots raised almost £140k to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
Mark Davyd, CEO Music Venue Trust says “We can’t emphasise enough how absolutely vital the support of artists has been to the Save Our Venues campaign. The artists that stepped forward to support the Passport Back to our Roots project not only provided an incredible opportunity for fans to see them in intimate surroundings, they provided a real focus of attention for audiences on what they could do to help their local venue survive.
“We are delighted that Passports shows are being announced as part of the campaign to #ReviveLive and can’t wait to see some of these fantastic events take place”
Elbow, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, November 23rd 2021
All prize draw winners will be contacted by email with full details.