Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Agent of Change Campaign

Agent of Change Campaign: write to your local MP and Government Ministers to protect music venues.

Alarmingly, around 35% of music venues across the country have closed in the past decade. Music venues play a vital role in supporting the industry’s ecosystem and ensuring a healthy music industry. They also play a key role in nurturing the talent of tomorrow.

A growth in demand for property in city and town centres has led to increasing rents and landlords deciding to sell property and land to developers. This has placed rising financial burdens on pre-existing operators of grassroots music venues, who are often situated in areas that are popular for redevelopment. It has made them vulnerable to a more liberalised planning system.

Former Government minister John Spellar MP is promoting new legislation in Parliament to protect music venues in the wake of this. The Planning (Agent of Change) Bill would place the agent of change principle to planning law on a statutory basis. “Agent of Change” means those bringing about a change take responsibility for its impact. The Bill has political momentum and has secured cross-party support. There is a very real prospect of that this proposal could become law, providing much-needed support to music venues in the process.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to the principle in his London Plan. The Welsh Government are delivering on it. The Scottish Government are also looking into it. It is time for the UK Government to get behind the Bill and back the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.

• Please write to your MP in support of these proposals and ask them to call on the Government to adopt the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill. To find out who your local MP is, click here.

• Please write to the following Government ministers and ask them to support the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill:

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 Marsham Street

• Alternatively, you can send a tweet to @sajidjavid @DominicRaab @JakeBerry @MattHancock @mhclg @margot_james_mp now & ask them to support the @spellar Bill on 10th January.

UK Music Members


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Last One

Anna-Christina from Lilygun - Inside Music Video shoot

Seasons greetings to you all!

This is the last Lilygun Blog post for this year, and what an extraordinary year it has been for us! We took our time recording our second album because we wanted to create something special. From the songs, to the packaging, to the first two music videos, we made an effort to make sure everything was a true, authentic representation of what Lilygun has become.

This has been one of the best years we've ever had. The love and support shown by our friends and fans has been nothing short of amazing. Whilst our old fans have remained loyal, this year, we have reached the eyes and ears of a whole new fan-base which meant copies of both our albums have sold like hot potatoes!

Anna-Christina from Lilygun - Inside Music Video shoot

Lilygun was once hailed as the next big British rock band and although we’ve won the hearts of critics and fans around the world, the music industry wants bands they know how to market. I was told my image isn’t appealing and my attitude is wrong, just because I'm different and unafraid to be so. I now know, that many would beg to differ!

From the beginning, I had a vision and I'm very proud of the fact that I didn’t conform to anyone else's expectations or opinions or let the many previous band members of Lilygun ruin my spirit. I've built Lilygun's world on my terms and no one tells me what to do! Lilygun was once a band of hell for me but now, I’m doing what I love with the best, kindest musicians I’ve ever met, who just so happen to be my dearest friends.

I am here for the outcasts, the rejects, the weirdos, the beautiful freaks and the people who feel they don't fit in. I am here to tell you, love being who you are and don't change for anyone because you are amazing just as you are! To other bands out there, be careful when people tell you their opinions because "they" are not always right and those same people will come back years later and tell you, they were wrong.
Dare to be different!

Lilygun - Strength & Grace album reissue limited edition gatefold CD. Design by WOW!
Strength & Grace limited edition gatefold CD
Design by WOW!

When this album first came out, it sold out so quickly, we didn't have time to show you how special the packaging was and to tell you there's a hidden booklet inside! We didn't want to mass produce CDs because we wanted to give our fans something which they knew was unique. The first edition of this album is gone. This second series is also a limited edition. We kept the design the same but we switched the covers around so this time, the black side is now the cover and it has a black spine. If you'd like a piece of Lilygun history, head over to our Shop and grab yourself a copy of the album before this new batch sells out too!

I've absolutely loved every moment I have had with Lilygun this year and I can't wait to see what else unfolds for us next year. Thank you all very much for your love and support. It means a great deal to me.