Jamie xx and Metronomy set for Passport: Back to Our Roots gigs to support grassroots music venues

Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’ to raise vital funds for grassroots venues impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

They join previously confirmed artists Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger.

Jamie xx will be performing at Corsica Studios in Elephant & Castle, Metronomy at Patterns in Brighton, Pet Shop Boys at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, Russell Watson at Manchester’s Stoller Hall, Passenger at Brighton’s Komedia and KT Tunstall will be playing at two venues – Windmill Brixton and PJ Molloys in Dunfermline.

The shows will take place as soon as venues are able to open with no social distancing.

“Metronomy weren’t discovered in Alexandra Palace or Brixton Academy. We were discovered in the Brighton Freebutt, Leeds Cockpit, Southampton Joiners, King Tut’s and hundreds of other small venues up and down the country. These small venues aren’t just the modest beginnings for bands that make it big. They also supply performance spaces for far less egotistical groups than ourselves...Choirs and Theatre groups for example. It’s absolutely crucial that we stop as many small venues from closing as possible!!! Metronomy have already reaped the rewards of performing in the intimate surroundings that places like Patterns in Brighton provide. Now we’d like to help secure the future of as many small

venues as possible so that the world at large can keep discovering the new and exciting talent that they nurture.”

Joe Mount, Metronomy

"I chose Corsica Studios because it’s consistently one of the best places to hear dance music in London. I used to go almost every week when I lived in Brixton, and I’m definitely going to be there a lot more when we’re allowed to again. Can’t wait to play, it’s been too long.”

Jamie xx

A total of £75,000 was raised from the first prize draw for entry to concerts by Elbow, Public Service Broadcasting, Everything Everything, The Slow Readers Club and Ash.

Sally Cook, co-founder of Passport: Back to Our Roots, added: We’re blown away by the incredible response to the first block of fundraisers, and want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated, and to every artist who pledged to play a grassroots venue show. The outpouring of support (we read all the comments!) just proves how important grassroots venues are to the UK’s music fans. £75k is an amazing start and will help make a real difference to the venues involved and the sector as a whole, but we’re not stopping there. We are really excited to be announcing this new group of artists this week.”

Entries must be made between September 14 and October 5 via crowdfunder.co.uk/passport-back-to-our-roots

For a £5 minimum donation to the campaign, music fans will be entered into the draw to win passes to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest.