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#VirtualPint launches to support vulnerable venues during Coronavirus crisis

Support Music Venue Trust and vulnerable venues around the UK affected by Coronavirus by purchasing a #VirtualPint and to be entered in prize draws.

Did you have tickets to see your favourite band next month? Are you missing having a pint or two at your local? As the UK enters lockdown to control the outbreak of COVID-19, our thoughts are with the pubs, music venues and theatres who must cease business during this time.

Fans can support vulnerable venues through these difficult times by donating to a new fundraising initiative called #VirtualPint. The crowdfunding page lets people buy virtual drinks in exchange for entry into a prize draw offering festival tickets, band merchandise, gig tickets, bar tabs, and recording time at The Libertines’ The Albion Room studio.

Punters can buy a virtual pint for £3.50, a virtual cocktail for £5, or a virtual round for £20, with the extensive menu even extending to non-alcoholic beverages. 50% of the proceeds will go to Music Venue Trust, an organisation seeking to project grassroots music venues. The remaining 50% will be donated directly to some of the UK’s favourite independent and small venues at this challenging time.

This money will go to helping those venues most at risk, to keep the lights on and pay towards overheads that may not be covered by any government initiatives. The allocation of funds will be decided by a committee assembled by Green House Group, who is coordinating the initiative.

The fundraiser is being supported by bands such as The Kooks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Reverend and the Makers, Sorry, and The Libertines – who have provided a top prize. End of the Road, 2000TREES and ArcTanGent festival has also donated festival tickets for #VirtualPint.

Fans can support the campaign by visiting the crowdfunding page and donating what they can to this hugely important cause. With so many businesses in Brighton and across the UK facing unprecedented challenges, please help in any way you can by spreading awareness and donating today!

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