The Vaccines have announced a one-off gig at the Joiners in Southampton on January 22nd in a bid to aid the struggling venue’s future.
Like so many small music venues around the UK The Joiners – which has enjoyed early gigs from the likes of Oasis and Radiohead in its time – is facing up to an uncertain future, but will be assisted by The Vaccines who promise to donate all proceeds from the night to their hosts.
“Being a small independent venue has always made it harder to sustain a successful business, with the last 12 months being our hardest yet,” a spokesman for The Joiners has told NME.
“We’ve run a few of these benefit shows already – most notably at the end of last year Frank Turner did two shows in on day, going some way in helping the venue to secure its future. Its a credit to the boys that they’re supporting the cause and we can’t thank them enough.”
Countless small music venues around Britain have been forced to close their doors permanently during the past few years in the face of escalating costs and legislation.
According to reports last week, It is hoped an amendment to the 2012 Live Music Bill, which made some venues exempt from the restrictions of the 2003 Licensing Act, could widen its scope to include clubs with a maximum capacity of 500.