Three music venues across Bournemouth could see a financial boost this week as the government announced plans this week to slash business rates for small to medium sized music venues by half.
The move comes as Sixty Million Postcards, The Anvil and The Old Fire Station are taking part in the annual Independent Music week, a nationwide celebration of independent music aiming to promote local artists.
According to the the Music Venue Trust the cuts could see each venue saving £7500 a year, which could be spent on maintaining facilities and promoting more local talent through regular gig opportunities.
One such band benefiting from Independent Venue week is Swanage-based group Galaxy Thief who spoke to Buzz about the importance of grassroots music venues.
South West regional manager for Independent Venue Week, Tor Byrnes said: “We’re just trying to get people to go back into [grassroots] venues and see how bands start out in the very beginning.”