KT Tunstall, The Xcerts, Hunter & the Bear, Wet Wet Wet, Be Charlotte, Fatherson, Luke La Volpe, Hue & Cry, Honeyblood and Anchor Lane are among the first acts to be announced for an online fundraiser to help Scottish music venues through the current COVID-19 crisis.

The virtual festival is set to take place on Friday June 19th across 3 ‘stages’, and be streamed on livefrom.events.

The event will feature recorded performances by a variety of Scottish musicians coming together to support the country’s grassroots music venues, many of which are struggling financially and facing possible closure.

Radio DJ Vic Galloway will host the event, as well as talking to musicians and venue reps to highlight the synergy between these venues and the artists whose careers they help develop.

The weekend will start on Thursday 18th June at 8pm with a special free-to-view acoustic performance by Travis frontman Fran Healy – filmed on a hillside overlooking Los Angeles and streamed at www.facebook.com/musicvenuetrust.

Tickets for Friday’s festival are on sale now, priced at £5 to watch the event live, in real-time, on Friday 19th June at 8pm, or an £8 pass will also allow fans to catch up on all three stages from Saturday 20th from 10am until Sunday 21st June at 10pm.

Viewers will be able to donate to the Scottish national fundraiser page, or on venues’ individual fundraising pages.

The Scottish grassroots music venues that will benefit from ticket sales and donations include:

Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh  – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sneaks-saveourvenues

The Tooth & Claw, Inverness – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thetoothandclaw

The View, Oban – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savetheviewoban 

PJ Molloys, Dunfermline – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pjmolloys

Temple Falkirk, Falkirk – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savetemplefalkirk

The Bungalow, Paisley- https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/df729995740b5a49eaf16da54206118c

The Glad Cafe, Glasgow- https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveourvenuesglad

Church Dundee, Dundee – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savechurchdundee

Audio, Glasgow – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveaudioglasgow

Slay, Glasgow – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveslayglasgow

Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ivorys-saveourvenues

Leith Depot, Edinburgh – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leith-depot

Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savehcb

Summerhall, Edinburgh – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savesummerhall

Bannermans, Edinburgh – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bannermansliveedinburgh

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh – https://www.facebook.com/TheBongoClubEdinburgh/

Mac Arts, Galashiels – https://crowdfunder.co.uk/savemacarts

Bathgate musician Luke la Volpe – who has already been instrumental in setting up the Sofa Singalong for the Music Venue Trust – said: “It’s absolutely vital that we support grassroots venues at the moment, because let’s face it, life’s shit without gigs. They’ve all had the rug pulled from under them by this whole terrible situation and the longer it goes on the harder it is for them to survive with no money coming in.

“The team at Music Venue Trust is working incredibly hard to support them and I’m really happy to be part of Save Our Scottish Venues alongside all these legends. Every single successful musician has been given a hand up by grassroots venues putting them on in front of people who love discovering new music. It’s time to give them a hand in return so every single venue can make it through this incredibly tough period and get the doors open again as soon as possible.”

More at www.saveourvenues.co.uk.