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‘This is not the end’: Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction
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‘This is not the end’: Experimental arts venue Iklectik fights to survive after shock eviction

Every week, The Big Issue’s Venue Watch campaign supports and champions grassroots music venues across the UK. This week, we take a look at how one London-based community refused to give up when they lost their venue. Can Iklectik find a new way forward for their experimental sounds?

Here’s one they played earlier: Pre-recorded orchestras spell trouble for live performance
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Here’s one they played earlier: Pre-recorded orchestras spell trouble for live performance

The Northern Ballet’s upcoming tour of Romeo & Juliet will use pre-recorded performances from the Northern Ballet Sinfonia

This grassroots venue brings ‘astonishing’ music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales
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This grassroots venue brings ‘astonishing’ music and mental wellbeing to rural Wales

Every week, The Big Issue’s Venue Watch campaign supports and champions grassroots music venues across the UK. This week, we’re in north Wales, where the Tivoli brings in huge bands – including Oasis, Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin. It’s hugely important to its rural community

Paloma Faith: ‘How many left-wing people like me get to be a national treasure? None’
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Paloma Faith: ‘How many left-wing people like me get to be a national treasure? None’

Photographer Dennis Morris on capturing legend Bob Marley – and how the reggae icon changed his life
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Photographer Dennis Morris on capturing legend Bob Marley – and how the reggae icon changed his life

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Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK’s biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help
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Grassroots venue Off the Cuff is home to UK’s biggest youth open mic – and it needs your help

The Smile just made the best Radiohead album Radiohead never made
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The Smile just made the best Radiohead album Radiohead never made

Big Issue’s Venue Watch helps save Woking’s only grassroots music venue: ‘It’s a big win’
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Big Issue’s Venue Watch helps save Woking’s only grassroots music venue: ‘It’s a big win’

English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring
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English Teacher on the power of diversity and how grassroots venues keep music from becoming boring

Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there’d be no Madonna
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Independent Venue Week 2024: Without grassroots music venues, there’d be no Madonna

How British composer Karl Jenkins brought the world together
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How British composer Karl Jenkins brought the world together

‘No mean feat’: How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years
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‘No mean feat’: How Leeds grassroots venue The Wardrobe defied the odds to celebrate 25 years

At least two grassroots music venues closing each week
Venue Watch

At least two grassroots music venues closing each week

LeAnn Rimes on powerful women, making mistakes and giving voice to her late gay uncle
Letter To My Younger Self

LeAnn Rimes on powerful women, making mistakes and giving voice to her late gay uncle

Why English National Opera relocating to Manchester will be more complicated than it looks
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Why English National Opera relocating to Manchester will be more complicated than it looks

Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder’s tragic passing
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Save Luna: London venue fights to survive in face of crippling costs and founder’s tragic passing

Reading Robert Smith’s diary made me fall in love with The Cure
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Reading Robert Smith’s diary made me fall in love with The Cure

Morton Feldman at the Tate Modern – an elegy for pioneering artist Philip Guston
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Morton Feldman at the Tate Modern – an elegy for pioneering artist Philip Guston

The Coral co-founder Bill Ryder-Jones on beauty, sorrow and psychedelic new album Iechyd Da
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The Coral co-founder Bill Ryder-Jones on beauty, sorrow and psychedelic new album Iechyd Da

‘You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza’: Why Sneaky Pete’s is vital to Scottish music
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‘You can have a life-changing experience for the price of pizza’: Why Sneaky Pete’s is vital to Scottish music

2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them
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2023 was brutal for UK music venues with at least one closing per week. We must fight to save them

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Rick Astley: ‘Too much power in the hands of very rich individuals doesn’t feel right’
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Rick Astley: ‘Too much power in the hands of very rich individuals doesn’t feel right’

I was lost, uncomfortable in my own skin and using drugs to escape – until music saved my life
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I was lost, uncomfortable in my own skin and using drugs to escape – until music saved my life

Five Star’s Deniece Pearson: ‘I kissed Smokey Robinson’s lips off’
The Music that made me

Five Star’s Deniece Pearson: ‘I kissed Smokey Robinson’s lips off’

The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: ‘It’s a place for everybody’
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The unusual story of how one Lancashire venue rose like a phoenix: ‘It’s a place for everybody’