Thursday, October 05, 2017

Salvation army

Hot on the heels of the victory for the Save Womanby Street campaign here in Cardiff comes further heartening evidence of the value of people power with regard to the defence of gig venues. The planning application that threatened the Cellar in Oxford with closure has been withdrawn following a torrent of objections from its many fans (myself and the Sounding Bored crew included). Massive congratulations to all of those who poured their efforts into rallying the troops and fighting the proposals.

As has been underlined by Ronan of Nightshift, though, the battle may have been won but the war is ongoing - and it's vital that music fans continue to turn out in physical (and financial) support of their local venues to keep them open and available as places for young bands to take their first steps.

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