• Amy Middleton


Updated: May 19, 2021


First launched last August, Passport: Back to Our Roots is a nationwide campaign devoted to supporting the independent grassroots venues that form the very foundation of the UK’s vibrant live music scene, by assembling a bill of big-name artists to headline a series of one-off fundraising gigs. For a minimum donation of £5 to the campaign, music fans were entered into a prize draw to win entry to a show of their choice for themselves and a guest, to be held on dates yet to be confirmed when no social distancing was required.

As part of the campaign, KT Tunstall has announced a one-off special show at Dunfermline’s PJ Molloy’s on 21st October 2021.

“It has been so meaningful to me and many others over this last mad year to see such support and love for our grassroots music venues.” the singer told us “Music lovers and musicians have come together to help protect the future of these small but mighty venues, many of which exist as labours of love, kept alive by blood, sweat, tears, and a deep passion for music. It was a massive challenge for me getting booked in music venues when I was trying to get somewhere, so a venue like PJ Molloys is essential for aspiring musicians making their way up. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign”.

Calum Miller at PJ Molloys is as keen as any venue owner to get doors open again. “We are absolutely delighted that PJ Molloys is involved in the Back to Our Roots gig series. To have an artist like KT Tunstall to choose PJ’s is an honour, it is sure to be a night to remember”, he says.

With proceeds going towards both the individual venues and the Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign, the initiative so far has raised almost £140,000 to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Now, as the Music Venue Trust looks towards the future and it’s #ReviveLive campaign, the full list of shows scheduled also sees Elbow take to the stage at Manchester’s beloved Night & Day Café, and Metronomy at Patterns in Brighton.

“When we conceived the campaign, we never imagined it would take this long to be able to announce the live show dates – a fact that is typical of what has been a long year of worry and uncertainty for all involved in the industry”, explains Sally Cook, campaign creator and Director of Operations at Band on the Wall, “but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

“We would like to thank each and every person who donated to the Passport: Back to Our Roots fundraising campaign – your support has helped make a real difference to grassroots music venues.”

Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust says: “We are delighted that Passports shows are being announced as part of the campaign to #ReviveLive and can’t wait to see some of these fantastic events take place”.

You can find out more about the Passport: Back to Our Roots gig series, which is also set to feature one-off headline shows from the likes of Jamie xx, Pet Shop Boys, and Everything Everything here.