At Vauxhall, we believe in British talent. So we’ve partnered with Independent Venue Week to help up-and-coming UK bands get on the road with our Vivaro on Tour initiative.
Independent Venue Week celebrates small music venues around the UK, and the people who run them. Throughout 2016 we’ll be getting on-board with some great bands, following their journeys, enjoying exclusive backstage access, capturing on-tour shenanigans and offering tickets to gigs at tour venues across the country.
“So much of the time that bands spend touring is travelling around the country in a van between venues. The van becomes the band’s own mini-ecosystem. It can be both a lot of fun and also pretty intense – it’s where bands bond,” says Sybil Bell, co-founder of Independent Venue Week.
Since forming in 2008, Frankie and the Heartstrings have performed at Glastonbury, supported the Kaiser Chiefs on their UK tour, and become a BBC 6 Music favourite. They known for supporting up-and-coming bands in their local area and have their own record store in Sunderland.
"Vauxhall was kind enough to provide us with a van to kick-off our tour, and we were nice enough not to smash it to pieces. It can be difficult enough to put a tour together – often it doesn’t make financial sense, or common sense for that matter, but Vauxhall helped us to do what we do. And helped to shine a light on these venues. What’s not to like?” – Dave Harper, Drummer of Frankie & the Heartstrings.
Dutch Uncles is a British indie pop band from Stockport. The band toured the UK in the Vauxhall Vivaro with the release of their fourth album O Shudder.
"Starting out as a band is all about DIY: you just have to make do. For us, that often means driving around the north west in three-car convoys. So much of touring is just spent in a van. We’ve had some of our best (and worst) times, but the first gig where we made that transition to the comfort and safety of a proper tour van felt like a real rite of passage. In the beginning, we always excitedly judged a van by its entertainment system, now it’s on how many cup-holders and plug sockets it has." – Dutch Uncles.
Formed in 2013, Telegram is a London-based four-piece indie band who go by the names of Matt Saunders (vocals, guitar), Oli Paget-Moon (bass), Matt Wood (lead guitar) and Jordan Cook (drummer). They have toured with big names including The Horrors, Temples, Palma Violets and The Wytches.
The Vauxhall Vivaro helped transport Yak between London, Liverpool, Sheffield and over to Amsterdam as they supported the start of The Last Shadow Puppets’ global tour. Formed in 2014, Yak is a band with an unpredictable approach to music making. Their supporting tour with The Last Shadow Puppets was shortly followed with the release of their debut album, Alas, Salvation on 13 May, and their own UK headline tour throughout May.
Critically acclaimed Kent-based ‘dirty pop’ band Get Inuit hit the road to launch their 2016 UK tour with British indie rock band VANT. Named Radio X’s ‘Great X-Pectations’ act, backed by BBC Radio 1 with ‘Single of The Week’ on Huw Stephens’ show, and dubbed ‘ones to watch’ by DJ Annie Mac, Get Inuit are no doubt rising stars for 2016.
“It’s mega kind of Vauxhall to lend us a van for our tour with VANT. Vauxhall Motors clearly understand how hard it is for musicians to function as a financially viable live act in 2016. The Vivaro on Tour campaign has made it possible for us to get to all the shows with all our equipment safely and speedily. We owe them our gratitude.” – Get Inuit
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