At Vauxhall, we believe in supporting British talent and that’s why we help up-and-coming UK bands get on the road with our Vivaro on Tour initiative. Bands and artists can hire a Brit-built Vivaro for free, as they tour the UK and beyond – a valuable initiative that has saved British bands thousands of pounds since its launch in 2015.
We’re continuing to partner with some of the most eclectic bands from around the UK, to follow their journeys on the road, enjoying exclusive backstage access, capturing on-tour shenanigans and offering tickets to gigs at tour venues across the country.
As part of our commitment to the UK’s music scene, we also sponsor Independent Venue Week, a celebration of small music venues around the UK, and the people who run them. It took place between Monday 23rd and Sunday 29th January 2017, with a series of special gigs at over 120 venues across the country.
Sybil Bell, Founder of Independent Venue Week commented: “Every band needs to tour in order to develop and build a fan base. It’s a costly part of playing live and Vauxhall is making a huge difference to artists who need to get on the road in something reliable. The fact they are offering the van for free means more artists are able to tour and more venues around the UK are showcasing some of the most exciting talent this country is producing.”
Recreations is the latest vehicle for indie-rock singer/songwriter Sam Duckworth, who founded Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly back in 2004. Duckworth said, ‘A massive thank-you to Vauxhall for the loan of the Vivaro and the car for Independent Venue Week. As a 10-piece band, it made an incredible difference to travel in comfort and with amazing fuel economy. We’re all still shocked about the van to be honest – it made it feasible to play in independent venues for a tenner or under. For me that is really important.’
English punk duo Slaves, who took the Vauxhall Vivaro on their autumn tour in 2016 said: “We’ve been touring for years, it’s what made us the band we are today and it’s what we love. This country has such a great live music scene and being able to get out on the road to meet your fans is essential. The Vivaro from Vauxhall was a huge help for us on our last UK tour. Vauxhall also loaned our support act Life the vehicle which was a huge help for a brilliant new band It’s great to see Vauxhall investing in UK bands like us to get our music out there to more people.”
Another band who took the Vivaro on tour were Dream Wife. Their tour manager JT said: "Thank you so much to Vauxhall for supporting us on tour! The Vivaro was a dream ride for Dream Wife and a pleasure to drive. Having a safe and comfortable van on the road makes all the difference when you’re doing so many miles - thanks for being our unofficial roadie, the whole team have been great!”
2016 was a monumental year for Sunset Suns. Jed, Rory, Rob and Pete released their highly commended debut album, Very Rarely Say Die, and embarked on a 13-date tour around the UK – all with the assistance of the Vauxhall Vivaro van.
FEWS also took the Vivaro on the road. They said: “Through November and December we played 17 cities in 11 countries supporting Pixies, spending more time in the van than we did in any venue or hotel . From the foothills of Austria to the mountains of Spain, from the 12 hours between Portugal and France - for 3 weeks the Vivaro was home from home. Huge thanks to Team Vauxhall for the support.”
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 are known for supporting up-and-coming bands in their local area and have their own record store in Sunderland.
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.
Formed in 2013, Telegram is a London-based four-piece indie band consisting 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 have an unpredictable approach to music-making. Their supporting tour with The Last Shadow Puppets was followed by 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 rising stars for 2016.
We’ve hand-selected some of our favourite tracks to listen to when you’re out on the road, from some of our favourite artists who sing about Vauxhalls, including Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg, to those who we’ve been lucky enough to work with as part of our Vivaro on Tour initiative. This is our selection of some of the best tracks to drive to, enjoy!
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