Official: The best small music venue in the UK is in Edinburgh, and it’s us!

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Sneaks wins Music Week Grassroots Music Venue 2019!

The Music Week Awards are the most prestigious awards for the UK music industry, and we are more than thrilled to announce that we have won their award for best small venue!

We are cock-a-hoop happy about this and we can’t give enough praise to the brilliant musicians who play here, nor to you our amazing gig and club goers. Edinburgh really is a music city!

The full title of the award is ‘Grassroots Music Venue: Spirit Of The Scene’, and that reflects not just the quality of the venue, but also the work we have done over the past years to improve the lot of all music venues in Scotland and the UK.

A quick summary of some of that work, since we don’t make a song and dance about it, is:

– Successfully campaigned to change the unfair ‘inaudibility clause’ in Edinburgh’s licensing policy

– Successfully campaigned, at great length and at close quarters, to change the forthcoming Planning Act (Scotland) to include amendments to introduce the Agent Of Change principle which will protect Music Venues from noise complaint issues caused by new developments.

– Contributed to Music Venue Trust’s evidence to DCMS’s Enquiry into Live Music at Westminster, an enquiry whose recommendations directly led to a £1.5m ringfenced fund for Grassroots Music Venues from Arts Council England.

– provided written and oral evidence to the Culture Committee at Holyrood to argue for a similar ringfenced fund for Scottish Venues

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