Frank Turner Live Stream
FRANK TURNER GIG RAISES OVER £10,000 FOR TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM
Tunbridge Wells, UK – Frank Turner’s latest live stream gig, in aid of independent music venue the Tunbridge Wells Forum, has seen well over £10,000 raised so far. With donations still coming in thick and fast, the gig was a roaring success for the former public toilet turned grassroots music venue, which has seen the likes of Oasis, Adele, Muse and more perform over its 27-year history.
“Frank is a long-time friend of The Forum, so when he offered to launch a fundraiser for our venue through his Independent Venue Love live stream gig series, we were delighted,” says co-founder Jason Dormon. “It’s been heartening to see so many people supporting and donating to keep us going through this crisis.”
Like all other venues up and down the country, The Forum closed its doors in late March following the announcement of a nationwide lockdown. The team launched an exclusive Members’ Club to raise additional funds over the course of the pandemic, but as the situation escalated, it became increasingly clear that a far larger sum of money was needed to secure the venue’s future. The support of Turner and countless live music fans has been a huge boost for the team and volunteers at The Forum, who work tirelessly all year round to celebrate unsigned music.
Since its broadcast on Thursday 16 April, the live stream has amassed over 110,000 views, with donations from almost 1,000 supporters to date. “Frank’s commitment to the live grassroots music sector is admirable,” continues Dormon. “It’s the love of the music that spurs us all on to keep doing what we’re doing – we’re truly honoured to be a part of this community.”
As one of only a few grassroots venues still operating in the UK, The Forum plays a hugely important role in the Tunbridge Wells live music scene, supporting numerous unsigned artists through its Unfest programme and as a late-night fringe venue for the yearly Local & Live Festival. Dormon is determined to keep raising awareness of the importance of keeping these cultural and social hubs at the heart of our communities. “The generosity of the local people has been overwhelming,” he concludes. “As long as we are able to, we will continue to champion the independent artists and venues that are the life blood of our industry.”
To donate to the live stream fundraiser, please click here.
ABOUT THE FORUM
The Forum is an award-winning grassroots music venue based in Tunbridge Wells, England. Formerly a public toilet, The Forum was the brainchild of Michael Oyarzabal, Peter Hoare, Jason Dormon and Mark Davyd and is now in its 27th year as a proud independent venue and champion of unsigned music.