To get tickets and keep venues alive, all you have to do is choose your numbers
Any lotto player who buys a ticket to a United by Music gig can take a plus one free of charge. All you have to do is bring your friend along and provide proof of your National Lottery purchase.
By attending these shows, gig-goers will be supporting grassroots music venues in the process, many of which are still recovering post-pandemic.
Announced on May 15th and named after the recent Eurovision theme, the initiative will run over summer and early autumn in collaboration with the Music Venues Trust.
2023 marks the third year of the partnership, which has provided vital help to the music industry and kept small venues open as they continue to suffer the effects of the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis.
The 150 gigs (at 130 UK locations) kicked off earlier this month with a free concert in Liverpool on May 10th to celebrate the city hosting Eurovision. 15,000 people attended, and, as the tour continues, the likes of Metronomy and rising star Cat Burns will take to stages.
“We’re delighted to have The Dirty Nil playing at Tut’s in August as part of the initiative – very much looking forward to it,” said Davie Millar, General Manager of the historic venue.
“I think that any initiative that connects fans and artists and makes concerts more accessible for people is a great thing,” Millar said on United by Music.
“The work that Mark, Bev and the team at the Music Venue Trust do is so important to grassroots venues all over the country, and their support is vital for small venues to survive and thrive. Without them, I believe that the country would have lost many more venues than it already has.”
Since the pandemic, venues across the UK have had their doors forced shut, and as with most independent businesses, King Tut’s has faced its own obstacles in recent years. Millar discussed the situation and the changes they have had to make to stay open.
“We have no option but to increase prices in order to survive,” he said. “It is not something we take lightly – we have to remain competitive (which we are), but we want to be able to pay our brilliant staff a fair and decent living wage, we want to be able to pay our artists a fair fee, and to provide the fans with an amazing gig experience – increasing pricing is the only way we can achieve this.”
King Tut’s is one of Glasgow’s most-loved and best-known venues. According to Millar, “it’s a terrific place to experience a live show”, constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate in the current climate. With staff who “put the fans and artists first and try to go that extra mile to accommodate their needs to ensure that their experience at Tut’s is special and something they want to do again and again.”
Grassroots venues are, first and foremost, places for young, emerging musicians to hone their craft when starting out. As Millar emphasised, their purpose is to “support, encourage and celebrate brilliant artists on their journeys.”
That’s what grassroots venues are all about and what United by Music is safeguarding. Any money you do spend is going to a good cause and helping rebuild the music industry after a tumultuous period in its history.
King Tut’s isn’t the only Scottish establishment taking part. Of the many shows, there are more than a few in Scotland. Bands like 86tvs will be performing country-wide, outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are also shows on in Bathgate, Dundee, and Dunfermline.
Individual tickets are priced affordably at £11. Alongside a valid National Lottery product, they automatically come in a buy-one-get-one-free bundle, allowing concert-goers to bring their plus-one for nothing.