Craig David, ​Paul McCartney back campaign to prevent music venue closures

AplethorarespectedmusiciansandartistsarespeakingoutinsupportanewbillthataimstopreventmusicvenueclosuresintheUK.

SeniorLabourMPJohnSpellarhasintroducedaPlanningBill,alsoknownastheAgentifChange,thatwouldamendplanninglawstorcedeveloperstoweightheimpactnewbuildingproposalshaveonpre-existingbusinesseslikemusicvenues.Thiscouldalsorcethedevelopersnewresidenciestoberesponsibleforsoundproinginordertoavoidneighborscomplainingaboutloudmusic.

SirPaulMcCartneyvoicedhissupportforthecampaignbystatinghowimportantintimatevenuesaretomusicculture:"Withoutthegrassrootsclubs,pubsandmusicvenuesmycareercouldhavebeenverydifferent.Ifwedon'tsupportmusicatthislevel,thenthefuturemusicingeneralisindanger."

CraigDavidalsoexpressedsupportforMr.Spellar’sbillbystatinghowimportantthisissueis:"AsanartistI'mconcernedthatmusicvenuesarefacingunprecedentedthreatsanditisamattergreatconcerntousall.Igivemystrongsupportforproposalstochangeplanninglawsothatwecankeepmusiclive."

SarMr.Spellar’sbillisbackedbyatleast75MPsandpeers.

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