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Sky Arts goes inside grassroots venues with new TV series

By | Published on Monday 26 April 2021

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Sky Arts has commissioned a new three part TV series putting the spotlight on some of the UK’s grassroots music venues currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The Live Revival’ will see artists including Paul Weller, James and The Charlatans return to venues they played early on in their careers and play on those stages once again.

Among the venues featured in the show will be The 100 Club in London, Nottingham Rock City, and Bristol’s Thekla. As well as performances and interviews from various artists, the show will also look at how the pandemic has affected grassroots venues and what can be done to ensure that they emerge successful when restrictions are lifted.

“We wanted to turn our attention to the plight of the small music venue; the places all the great bands or solo artists started out and learned their craft”, says Sky Arts boss Phil Edgar. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from some of the greats of British music who have gone back to the places they began to pay homage with incredible performances that shine a light on these important places”.

The first episode will air at 9pm on 22 May.