At the end of March, nightclubs and music venues around the country closed their doors in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. No one knew how long this period might last. Nine months later, many of these spaces remain closed. Some will never open again.Those that were able to put on shows when restrictions lifted have struggled to break even whilst maintaining social distancing measures. Despite this bleak outlook – and faced with a mixture of apathy and incompetence from the government – music communities across the UK have continued to band together in support of one another. With the threat of further lockdowns looming, journalist Will Pritchard visited grassroots venues and spoke to artists in London, Hull, and Manchester to find out how they’re responding. This is a story not just about bricks and mortar, but community, resilience, and the fight to keep the lights on. Produced and Edited by Will Pritchard. Narrated by Eliza Lomas. crackmagazine.net. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.