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Bastille, Enter Shikari and more to play Revive Live shows at grassroots venues

A host of shows will take place across next January to support small venues

By Will Richards

Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK
Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Danny Kasirye/Rolling Stone UK)

The National Lottery’s Revive Live tour is set to return next January, including shows from Bastille, Enter Shikari and more.

The initiative, organised by the Music Venue Trust, began last year when COVID-19 restrictions ended in the UK, and saw Wolf Alice and more playing shows at grassroots venues across the country to support venues, crew and staff.

Across January 2022, bands will play special one-off shows and full tours of small venues close to their hearts and vital to their early development as live acts.

Enter Shikari will play Club 85 in Hitchin on January 27, and frontman Rou Reynolds commented: “Since we were 15 we’ve been playing grassroots venues up and down the country. They were our home and gave us the opportunity to develop into the band we are today. One of those venues was Club 85. So it’s so great to be able to return and play there again after more than a decade and help highlight the fact that these venues need support especially right now after they’ve been sat empty for nearly two years.

“Without grassroots venues like Club 85 and all the other places we played as kids (a lot of
which have already, sadly, been consigned to the history books) there’s less of a chance that four teenagers can change their own, or anyone else’s, lives. They are breeding grounds for new music as well as strong communities. And THAT’S why we’re doing this.”

Elsewhere, Bastille will play The Picturedrome in Holmfirth, also on January 27, while Becky Hill will play The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham.

Hill commented: “Playing this venue will most likely have me regressing to that 17 year old young woman, with her whole life ahead of her, & make me very, very grateful for where I am now. I’ve worked so hard & often forget to look back at where I’ve come from.

Live music is so important for memories like this, it’s been devastating we’ve been gone so long without it & I hope The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour gives the legs back to the events industry it so desperately needs.”

Other shows on the Revive Live tour come from Maisie Peters (playing the Old Fire Station in Bournemouth on January 28), Feeder (playing Narberth’s Queens Hall on January 14) and The Coral (at Blackpool’s Bootleg Social on January 15), while a number of acts including The Wytches will head out on nationwide tours as part of the initiative.

See full details of all the shows on the 2022 Revive Live tour and pick up tickets (on sale on Friday, December 3 from 10am), here.