Music Venue Trust has announced that the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to Grassroots Music Venues Award is Paul Jackson of The New Adelphi Club, Hull.
Jackson has long been acknowledged as an inspirational figure by other venue owners and operators, so officially marking this seemed like the natural thing to do at Venues Day 2019 where he had already agreed to be a speaker. On the opening panel, hosted by MVT patron Steve Lamacq, Jackson was interviewed along with representatives of four other notable venues in Tales from the Frontline. The session culminated in Lamacq surprising Jackson with the award, brought on stage and presented by KT Tunstall, also a patron of MVT.
Members of the Music Venues Alliance nominated potential recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award and 2018 winner Steve Lamacq made the final choice. Remembering his own award and what it meant to him, he paid tribute to Jackson’s dedication.
Lamacq commented: “I was so surprised to win this award last year, I completely forgot to say how thankful I was. It really meant a great deal to me, being recognised by a sector I love, and it sits in pride of place on my mantelpiece. This year’s award is going to someone who has a singular vision allied to a strong sense of community, a true maverick who inspires everyone in the sector and has been doing so for 35 years. The New Adelphi Club in Hull exists as a beacon of independent music and art because of the determination of one man and that man is Paul Jackson.”
Jackson said: “On October 1, I will have completed a 35-year stretch at the helm of my strange but wonderful music venue which has the distinction of looking like a derelict building, both outside and in. Though I have endured numerous periods of being thrown against the wall by officials, I have genuinely loved my work. As somebody who has always resisted doing things by the book, the word ‘independent’ is important to me. I see my work as being a crusade against mediocrity in music.”
Watch the Award ceremony below: