Yorkshire Times
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Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:49 AM 21st January 2021

Frank Turner To Perform Live Online Concert To Save Leeds Venue

Folk/punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner will perform a special fundraising livestream from his home this Thursday 21st January raising much needed funds for grassroots music venue BOOM in Leeds. The set will be an ‘all request’ solo set, meaning the audience gets to decide what songs will be played. Watching the live stream will be free via YouTube, but Frank will be urging fans to donate to the venue’s CrowdFunder page.

BOOM is one of 30 grassroots venues that has been highlighted by the Music Venue Trust as being in imminent danger of permanent closure during the COVID pandemic. The venue was ineligible for the Cultural Recovery Fund and has had to continuously fundraise just to survive since March 2020.

“We are very happy that Frank Turner has decided to use his platform to help our venue fundraise and stay afloat during the pandemic. The last time Frank was in Leeds was at the arena performing to thousands of people in 2019. As far as we’re concerned he’s back, albeit digitally to help save a 200 capacity punk rock venue here in Leeds.” says venue operator Chris Flynn.

BOOM is a grassroots music venue unique to Leeds that primarily promotes punk, hardcore and metal. The venue hosts brand new bands just getting their start, as well as artists from across the globe. The venue is famous for hosting intense and lively shows from artists like Gallows, slowthai, Code Orange, Agnostic Front, Power Trip, Madball and countless others. BOOM also provides the Leeds music scene with permanent rehearsal rooms for bands and recording facilities.