According to MVT statistics, over 120 grassroots venues have closed in the past 12 months, including the shock closure of the iconic Moles Club, Bath this week. There are also a further 84 venues in trouble, as grassroots venues continue to struggle despite their huge impact on artist development and the communities they serve.
"We know how important our grassroots music venues are, we live them and breathe them and so are delighted to support MVT in their goal to protect, secure and improve them" explained Maha (AKA The Kut) in her blog announcement this week.
The news comes alongside her confirmation as main support for legendary Canadian rocker Danko Jones on his imminent UK tour leg. Hosted at a number of iconic venues this December, the tour visits Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London in a final 2023 showdown for The Kut and her all-star collective.
Initially released in 2020, ‘Waiting For Christmas’ is a melancholy take on the holiday period, highlighting the sombre pressures surrounding it, yet with an uplifting message, completed by orchestral strings and Christmas bells. The single charted in the Top 100 of the Official Single Sales Chart (No.65) and at No.10 in the UK Physical Singles Chart on release, where it has subsequently spent 6 weeks.
Recorded by Jack Ashley (Popes of Chillitown) at Fiction Studios London and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (e.g. Elton John), the accompanying music video was filmed during the recording session and selected for US airplay by MTV, LATV and Music Choice.
DANKO JONES + THE KUT UK TOUR DATES
12/12 Thekla BRISTOL
13/12 King Tuts GLASGOW
14/12 Rescue Rooms NOTTINGHAM
15/12 Rebellion MANCHESTER
16/12 Garage LONDON