15 June 2018

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has welcomed the first Scottish Venues Meeting organised by the Music Venue Trust, attended by venue owners from across Scotland, including Aberdeen.

The meeting, which took place at legendary Glasgow venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, was an opportunity for those involved in Scotland’s music industry to discuss some of the issues facing live music venues, particularly Agent of Change and the upcoming Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Lewis said :

“I was delighted to be asked to join the attendees at Music Venue Trust’s first Scottish Venues Meeting, and it was great to see that Aberdeen venues Krakatoa and The Lemon Tree were represented, supporting the city’s own live music scene.

“From conversations at today’s event in Glasgow, it is clear that the risk of being forced out of business by new developments next door is one of the most pressing issues facing live music venues in our cities.

"Agent of Change provides the solution to that problem.

“I will table amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill which will aim to enshrine protection for live music venues in law, rather than just including it in guidance and policy as has been promised by the Minister so far.”

Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director for the Music Venue Trust, added:

"Scotland is the final piece in the jigsaw of our work on behalf of grassroots music venues in the UK.

“We are delighted to have brought so many venues together today for the first Scottish meeting, and we hope this leads to the formation of a Music Venues Alliance group that can specifically address the needs of these vital venues in Scotland.

“This is happening at a time when there is a real opportunity to engage with Scottish government on ideas such as Agent of Change and make real progress on measures to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues"