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Mark Davyd

"Modern day folk hero"

Get Me Some Chains for Christmas

Bluntly, Councils don't act to protect music venues faced with closure because they don't value them enough. They don't insist developers should protect them, because they don't understand how important they are.
11/12/2015 17:20 GMT

People Not Patients

One morning, confronted by an ankle the size of an angry pineapple, I walked myself to the doctors around the corner, taking almost an hour to cover the 500 yards. On arrival, I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. So began the first of many, many long term stays in wards and treatment units.
17/08/2015 22:31 BST

How Soon Is Now?

A combination of legal, licensing, costs and trading issues has resulted in the outcome that running a grassroots music venue in the UK is economically non-viable. We need to make it viable or we will lose it.
03/08/2015 22:56 BST

What's Happening to Our Music Venues?

What quickly emerges is that our live music venue circuit is in a perilous and precarious state, facing an uncertain future that despite the passion of the people involved in it is at real risk. We need to be openly discussing and airing those challenges with our live music industry colleagues.
27/01/2015 15:41 GMT

Frank Turner Wants a Word With You

Agent of Change has been trialed and tested in Australia and it works; better planning, better developments, people thinking about what exists where they want to live and how they will live there, music venues and others thinking more about their neighbours.
12/09/2014 15:44 BST

How to Save Live Music in the UK

Music venues are fighting off noise complaints, abatement notices and planning applications; 12 venues are already under threat, an avalanche will follow if we don't take action. We are genuinely facing a meltdown in the British live music circuit while the government sits on its hands reciting legal precedents from the 1800s.
31/08/2014 16:12 BST

X Factor Rhythmix Row Has Cost My Charity £8k - and It's Still Not Over

Hopefully by now you might have heard of a little charity I work for called Rhythmix. Maybe you know us for all the great work we've done over 12 years working with vulnerable young people across the south east of England. Possibly you've heard about the very important work we do with young people with severe learning or physical disabilities. I'm joking of course. You know us from such informative headlines as 'Charity sues <em>X Factor</em> over name of girl band'.
09/11/2011 22:55 GMT