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Kerri Watt announced for #SaveOurScottishVenues Festival, Friday June 19th

Scottish musicians come together to support Scotland's vital Grassroots Music Venues. 3 stages of music recorded for the Save Our Scottish Venues campaign include sets from our very own Kerri Watt as well as sets from KT Tunstall, The Xcerts, Hunter & the Bear, Wet Wet Wet, Be Charlotte, Fatherson, Luke La Volpe, Hue & Cry, Honeyblood, Anchor Lane and more.

Festival host Vic Galloway will be talking to musicians and venue reps to highlight the synergy between these venues and the artists whose careers they help develop.

You can buy a £5 ticket for Friday night or an Extended Version ticket (£8) allows you to watch the Friday night show as it happens and then return to watch any of the footage between Saturday 20 June, 10am and Sunday 21 June, 10pm.

Glaswegian country singer-songwriter and Maverick Magazine’s One To Watch for 2020 Kerri Watt has been added to the line-up for the #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival. Taking place on Friday June 19th, Kerri will appear alongside fellow Scottish musicians KT Tunstall, Wet Wet Wet, Fatherson, The Xcerts, Seil Lien and more (full line up below).

Having grown up both playing grassroots venues and visiting as a fan, Kerri has a deep connection to the scene in her homeland. Speaking about the importance of the survival of the venues Kerri said, "Like many of my fellow Scottish artists, I came up through the open mics and grassroots venues. I've been grateful for the continued support from those venues over the years, especially since moving back home to Scotland. Every venue has a story to tell and people come from all over the world to feel and be a part of the history in the walls, or in the case of King Tuts - on the stairs! For many Scottish artists, our grassroots venues are safe and encouraging spaces to experiment, grow and communicate our music and messages. I'm really honoured to have been invited to be part of the festival, we need music now more than ever and it's really important we, as artists support the venues that supported us."

The full line-up of Scottish musicians supporting Scotland’s grassroots music venues is: KT Tunstall, The Xcerts, Hunter & the Bear, Wet Wet Wet, Be Charlotte, Fatherson, Luke La Volpe, Hue & Cry, Honeyblood, Anchor Lane, Kerri Watt, Seil Lien, Declan Welsh, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Bow Anderson.

Taking place across 3 ‘stages’, hosted by Vic Galloway and streamed on, the festival will be raising money to support Scotland's vital grassroots music venues facing closure due to Covid-19.

Tickets on sale now from

Ticket prices:

£5 – to watch the festival live, in real-time, on Friday 19th June at 8pm

£8 – to watch the Friday night show as it happens and then return to watch any of the footage from Saturday 20th at 10am until Sunday 21st June at 10pm.

The weekend will start on Thursday 18th June at 8pm with a free-to-view performance by Fran Healy. Filmed on a hillside overlooking Los Angeles, this special acoustic performance will be streamed on Facebook HERE.

Viewers will be able to donate to the Scottish national fundraiser page HERE or to venue’s individual fundraising pages.

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

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh -

PJ Molloys, Dunfermline -

The Tooth & Claw, Inverness -

The #saveourvenues campaign was initiated by Music Venue Trust in response to the continued economic threat to over 500 grassroots music venues throughout the UK. As a result of donations from music fans, music industry companies and other organisations, alongside important interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor’s Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England 207 grassroots music venues are now protected from imminent closure. However, even as the lockdown eases, the future of these venues remains bleak with only 3% of venues able to open under the proposed two metre distancing rules.

“There are over 60 Scottish members of the Music Venues Alliance, each of which is essential to the music ecosystem as social, economic and cultural hubs within their communities. The love that artists have for these spaces and the people who run them is clear from everyone stepping forward to help raise money to support venues through the crisis. Please enjoy these events and donate what you can to help.” Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust.

For more information on the #saveourvenues and #saveourscottishvenues campaign please visit:

For further information

Consumer media:

Sue Harris

Republic Media

Tel: +44 (0) 777 568 5376

Trade media:

Andy Saunders

Velocity Communications

Tel: + 44 (0) 7939 133050

Notes to Editors

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.

Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

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