Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner raffles off Fender guitar to raise money for inside music venues

Arctic Monkeys are supporting struggling grassroots music venues, including those where they made their name.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 2:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 2:36 pm

Independent venues have had to cancel events and face an uncertain future because of the pandemic.

After forming in Sheffield, the band performed at several venues around the country during the early stages of their career, and regularly played at The Leadmill in the city.

Frontman Alex Turner will raffle his black Fender Stratocaster guitar which he used for many of the band's early performances, including shows at The Leadmill.

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Arctic Monkeys at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena in 2018. Picture: Carl Chambers.

The venue has also played host to Pulp, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Muse, Oasis, Stone Roses, The White Stripes, Jorja Smith and Michael Kiwanuka over the last four decades.

It has rescheduled or cancelled more than 120 events since closing its doors in March.

All funds raised will go to Music Venue Trust to support The Leadmill and other independent UK grassroots music venues.

Fans over the age of 18 can enter the raffle at the band's page on crowdfunder, which is waiving its platform fee.

The raffle is at and open until 6pm on August 25.

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