Music Venue Trust and Coca Cola have announced a new partnership that will see the drinks brand support the grassroots music community from August 2023. The first activity will involve a series of gigs organised by Music Venue Trust, the charity that represents over 900 UK grassroots music venues (GMVs).
MVT have secured Cheshire-born indie-pop singer-songwriter Casey Lowry to headline a run of 13 shows starting at Moles in Bath on September 27th, 2023, and ending on October 23rd at Camden’s KOKO. Casey will play Swansea’s Bunkhouse on October 21st.
Casey says, “If it wasn’t for grassroots music venues, I wouldn’t have a career in music. They provide a springboard for every emerging artist and keep the culture alive. Having Coca-Cola on board with MVT will have a huge impact on keeping these awesome indie venues alive and helping the next wave of music come through. We should celebrate this! It’s a huge deal and I feel honoured to be playing.”
For a chance to Win Tickets, go into any Co-op, buy a 500ml Coke Zero or Coke Zero Cherry and scan the QR code on the in-store display. The promotion ends on 22nd August.
Paul Hiskens, Associate Director Partnerships & Sponsorships at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners GB said: “Coca-Cola has a wealth of historical involvement in music and this summer has seen us give music fans several epic experiences at festivals across Europe. But we recognise that the festival artists of tomorrow need to play in the grassroot venues of today and by partnering with Music Venue Trust we will help support the venues in several ways moving forward.
“In our first activity we have funded a series of gigs to allow venues to raise funds, alongside giving fans of Coke Zero an unforgettable night out – and hope that they continue to support these venues ongoing, as we will.”
Mark Davyd, CEO of MVT, said: This is the start of an incredibly important partnership with Coca Cola which we hope will bring support to grassroots music venues right across the country.
“Every local community deserves access to an excellent live music experience right on their doorstep. This project demonstrates how MVT can work with great partners to make that happen and keep music live right across the UK.”