Venues Day 2017 – new partners and brand new digital strand announced!


Music Venue Trust have announced OpenstageJackpot Peanut ButterHelp Musicians UKWhite Light and Jack Daniel’s as the associate partners for Venues Day 2017 which will take place on Tuesday 17 October at Ministry of Sound, London.

Estrella Damm join Ticketweb and UK Music as senior partners, providing the vital financial support to the event that enables Grassroots Music Venue delegates from across the country to attend the event with a FREE or subsidised ticket.

Key Themes for Venues Day 2017

Venues Day 2017 will feature a focus on developing relationships between Artists and Venues, strengthening ties between the Music Industry and the Grassroots Venue Touring Circuit, and exploring the role of digital and technical innovation. Artists have been invited to present special topics of interest in featured panels. A special new Speed Dating Area for Agents and Venues will enable venues from across the country that want to get new and emerging artists into their venues to spend ten minutes with the agents who represent those acts.

MVT has partnered with Deviate Digital to create a specific area to discuss emerging digital platforms, and to discuss how venues can shape and benefit from tech innovations, and long-term partners TicketWeb and White Light will present further developments on GrassrootsVenues.Tickets and Sound+Vision.

‘Futures’ Strand for Venues Day in partnership with Deviate Digital

Music Venue Trust have announced the addition of a brand new digital strand ‘Venue Futures’ to their annual Venues Day event. In a first for the organisation, Music Venue Trust are inviting tech companies, digital marketing companies and start-ups the chance to connect with independent venues from all over the UK.  This new strand will be curated and presented by Sammy Andrews, CEO of Deviate Digital.

On the announcement Andrews said, “Deviate Digital are delighted to partner with Music Venue Trust for the Futures strand at Venues Day 2017. The work Mark and team do for our grassroots venues in this country is unrivaled and this is an incredible opportunity for start-ups, and marketers to engage with members to offer them services that could really make a difference to their businesses. Applications are open now and we are looking for great organizations from all sectors including services, apps, advertising, bookings, marketing, ticketing and tech. If you own a business that can benefit this brilliant community we want to hear from you.”

Mark Davyd said, “Over the 3 years that MVT has been in existence we have been approached by quite a few tech companies with ideas and products aimed at grassroots music venues. We have been searching for the best way to respond, to assess which platforms might truly benefit the venues we represent and to connect the innovators with the right people. We are confident that Venue Futures will achieve this and excited to see what comes out of it.”

 Venues Day 2017 takes place on Tuesday 17 October at Ministry of Sound in London and is the only national networking event for Grassroots Music Venues and related professions. The day features a full programme of panels, sessions, workshops, one-to-one advice and opportunities. For further information see

To apply to take part in Venue Futures please email info@deviate.digitalwith details of your organisation. Deadline is 4 September.