Festival Insights NEWS: Why Safeguarding Independent Venues is So Crucial

by John Bownas
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Tom Sutton-Roberts is the general manager at the multi award-winning independent venue Troxy, right in the heart of East London. Tom has always worked in the live music industry – from sound engineering to festival production and he now works at Troxy to oversee venue operations and growth. Here, Tom explores the importance of both independent and grassroots venues in relation to both festivals and the music industry as a whole.

As GM of one of London’s last remaining independent venues, I’m hugely passionate about safeguarding our music scene and supporting grassroots venues. Not only are these venues the places where young artists cut their teeth, but they’re vital for nurturing young musical talent, which will hopefully one day be headlining a festival in front of thousands of fans.

With many venues currently under threat and with 35% of venues being closed in the last decade (UK Music), we can’t…



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