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RADAR to become first festival to donate ticket sale proceeds to Music Venue Trust

RADAR to become first festival to donate ticket sale proceeds to Music Venue Trust

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RADAR Festival, an award-winning and genre-defying event, will make history as the inaugural festival to contribute ticket sales revenue to the Music Venue Trust (MVT), aiding grassroots music venues.

Proceeds from each RADAR Festival 2024 ticket sold will contribute to MVT’s Pipeline Investment Fund, representing a significant stride in bolstering the foundation of the UK’s live music scene.

Since its establishment in 2022, MVT’s Pipeline Investment Fund has granted over £260,000 to 61 UK grassroots music venues. The recent announcement comes amid MVT’s renewed push for a ticket levy on large stadium and arena events to aid grassroots venues. This call to action follows the loss of 16% (125) of UK grassroots music venues in the past year, with 38% of all UK grassroots music venues reporting financial deficits.

RADAR Festival, a significant event in the North West, will take place from July 26th to 28th at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse. The Friday headliner is synth royalty The Midnight, marking their inaugural UK festival appearance. Other performers include Dirty Loops, Plini, VOLA, Sungazer, and more.

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Catherine Jackson-Smith, co-organizer and proprietor of The Lounge Bar in Alton, shared, “At my venue, I’ve witnessed the transformation of young artists starting out on a stage that has welcomed revered figures they aspire to. It’s incredible to see these once hesitant performers grow in confidence, skill, and prominence within the music scene, poised for wider recognition. As they are discovered, they master engaging with audiences, commanding spaces, timing their performances, and showcasing their talents effectively.”

“These skills can only be honed through exposure to the intimate, unrefined audience fostered by grassroots music scenes nationwide. Preserving smaller venues is essential for nurturing future headliners, and addressing this imminent issue is a responsibility that the music industry must embrace.”

Joe James, RADAR co-organizer and ex-events manager at The Boileroom in Guildford, stated, “Numerous RADAR crew members, including lighting and sound engineers, stage and production managers, merchandise vendors, and others, have acquired invaluable experience at grassroots venues. These training grounds not only foster artists but also uphold the entire talent ecosystem.”

“MVT CEO and founder Mark Davyd expressed deep gratitude to RADAR Festival for pioneering the Pipeline Investment Fund, commending their unwavering support as a crucial endorsement of the UK’s music industry. Their initiative exemplifies a strong dedication to nurturing the foundation of the country’s music landscape through its network of Grassroots Music Venues.”

RADAR 2024 line-up so far:

  • The Midnight
  • Dirty Loops
  • Plini
  • VOLA
  • Sungazer
  • Humanity’s Last Breath
  • Heart of a Coward
  • Oxymorrons
  • Blood Command
  • Caskets
  • Conjurer
  • Ithaca
  • Siamese
  • unpeople
  • Graphic Nature
  • The Intersphere
  • The Omnific
  • Future Static
  • Cestra
  • Tribe Of Ghosts
  • Seething Akira
  • Giant Walker
  • Ikonik

RADAR, the most thrilling new progressive music festival in the UK, relocated to Manchester for its 2023 edition, marking the third installment of the event.

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The highly successful RADAR Festival 2023 featured standout performances from headliners Sleep Token (Friday), Periphery (Sunday), and Igorrr (Saturday) alongside other top talents from the UK progressive scene and worldwide. RADAR is known for showcasing premier international artists, with past editions including the debut UK appearances of Dirty Loops in 2022 and The Callous Daoboys in 2023.

RADAR concluded their highly successful 2022 by clinching the Best New Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards on December 6 in Manchester. In 2023, they were nominated for Best Small Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

RADAR Festival, blending global talent and local triumphs, stands as a pioneer of innovative guitar-driven progressive music. Unrestricted by genres, this inclusive festival made its debut in 2019 to critical acclaim, featuring acts like Animals As Leaders, Agent Fresco, and Rolo Tomassi. After a pause due to COVID, RADAR Festival 2022 blossomed into a three-day event with stellar performances by Leprous, Haken, Dirty Loops, Plini, Conjurer, Soen, and others.

RADAR Festival aims to push boundaries by introducing new genres to the lineup and stages this year, signaling the start of an exciting journey ahead.

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