Arctic Monkeys Are Auctioning Off Their Gear to Support Music Venues

A sentimental piece of the band's history could save their home town venue

Arctic Monkeys are helping raise money for independent music venues affected by the coronavirus pandemic, raffling off frontman Alex Turner’s beautiful black Fender Stratocaster.

Proceeds from the raffle benefit The Leadmill, a small venue in the band’s hometown of Sheffield, UK. You can show support via their Crowdfunder page by purchasing a ticket, including access to a special digital screening of Arctic Monkeys’ performance at Reading Festival in 2006, where Turner strummed the Stratocaster for thousands of fans.

His guitar holds historical and sentimental value for the band’s legacy. He used the ax for many of Arctic Monkey’s early performances at The Leadmill.

“Since closing their doors back in March, The Leadmill has had to work to reschedule or cancel over 120 events,” the band writes on its Crowdfunder page. “With no clear opening date on the horizon, the future of this legendary Sheffield venue and the dedicated staff who run it, is now uncertain.”

According to the page, The Leadmill has played host to notable acts over the past four decades including Coldplay, Arcade Fire and The White Stripes.

The future of live music remains uncertain across the world. United States Senators are working tirelessly to support artists as the lockdown continues. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act last month, aiming to provide $10 billion in aid to qualifying independent music venues.

Some good news has graced AM during COVID-19. The video for “Do I Wanna Know” officially passed the one billion views mark on YouTube. It's the band's first clip to achieve that milestone.

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