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Tom Jones, Rag'n'Bone Man, Mahalia And More Confirmed For The National Lottery Revive Live Tour

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Rick Guest

The National Lottery and Music Venue Trust have launched a scheme to boost live music in the UK.

The joint initiative will comprise over 300 live performances at grassroots music venues across the UK, with the lottery donating £1 million to the industry to cover the upfront costs of promoting shows.

Among the first acts announced for the Revive Live Tour are Sir Tom Jones (pictured), Rag'n'Bone Man, Mahalia, James Arthur, The Magic Gang, Twin Atlantic, Olivia Dean, Bob Vylan and The Futureheads, though specifics such as dates and venues are still to be confirmed. Mark Dayvd, CEO of Music Venue Trust said:

"It's so important to get artists and crew back out and working, to get our grassroots music venues back up and running, and to get friends, families and communities back together enjoying live music.

"Grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city. The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour is a fantastic initiative which will kickstart the return of great events across the country. We can't wait to get started!"

Tom Jones added: "Musicians can record in their bedrooms, but they can't learn to perform in public without a place to play. Without that, there is no way you can communicate directly to people. It’ll be tough to hone your skills and you’ll never have the thrill of feeling their feedback. Without a grassroots music venue, the neighbourhood won’t have a place where people can come together to discover and support a new talent.

"So support your local pub, club, gym or church or wherever someone has the guts to bring in some entertainment, it makes all the difference both to budding artists and the community. I’m delighted to be able to perform a special show as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour and to be celebrating the return of live music."

Tickets go on sale on at 8pm on July 12. Head here for further information.

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