In challenging times for live music, Tallinn’s venue Sveta to permanently close its doors


Like many other venues around Europe, our Estonian member Sveta has encountered a series of paramount challenges in recent times. These include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on the live music sector, the energy and economic crisis triggered by Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and the escalating pressure from real estate developers in the venue's neighbourhood. These external factors have ultimately led Sveta to decide to permanently close its doors at the end of the year.

Since its creation in 2016, Sveta has played a pivotal role in the development of the music scene in Tallinn. From supporting local artists to hosting a diverse range of European and international acts, Sveta has been a cornerstone in the vibrant cultural landscape.

Only three years after first opening their doors, Sveta received the “Venue of The Year 2019” award at the Estonian Music Industry Awards for their strong independent programming and high production value.

On behalf of the Liveurope family, we would like to thank Sveta for their commitment to the platform in these past years and wish the team the very best in their future projects.  

This is a reminder that we can’t overlook the crucial role played by music venues in fostering European musical diversity and providing support for emerging artists. We express our full solidarity with all music venues across Europe as they navigate through these challenging times.