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KT Tunstall among headliners for virtual festival supporting music venues

Other artists on the main bill on June 19 and 20 include Fatherson, Wet Wet Wet. The Xcerts, Hunter and the Bear, Be Charlotte and Luke La Volpe.

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The virtual festival starts on Friday June 19 (David Parry/PA)

The virtual festival starts on Friday June 19 (David Parry/PA)

The virtual festival starts on Friday June 19 (David Parry/PA)

KT Tunstall, Fatherson and Wet Wet Wet are to lead a virtual festival supporting grassroots music venues across Scotland.

Hosted by Vic Galloway, #SaveOurScottishVenues will begin with a special performance by Fran Healy on Thursday in a bid to support venues struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Travis frontman will play an acoustic set, streamed on Facebook for free, from a hillside overlooking Los Angeles.

Other artists joining Tunstall, Fatherson and Wet Wet Wet on the main bill include The Xcerts, Hunter and the Bear, Be Charlotte, Luke La Volpe, Hue and Cry, Honeyblood and Anchor Lane.

The virtual festival starts on Friday June 19 from 8pm across three “stages”, with tickets costing £5.

In addition, tickets costing £8 will allow fans to then revisit the performances on catch-up over the weekend of June 20-21.

More live performances will take place on Saturday June 20 from 10am – tickets £8 – with catch-up available until Sunday June 21 at 10pm.

Venues benefiting from ticket sales and donations include the Glad Cafe, Audio and Ivory Blacks in Glasgow; Sneaky Pete’s, Summerhall and Bannermans in Edinburgh; Temple Falkirk; PJ Molloys in Dunfermline, and The View in Oban.

Every single successful musician has been given a hand up by grassroots venues ... It’s time to give them a hand in returnLuke La Volpe

Speaking about the festival, Bathgate musician La Volpe 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.”

He added: “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.”

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