When: 25th – 31st January 2016
£: Ticket prices vary
What is it?
Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week is back this month with a week-long series of gigs, taking place all over the UK.
The 7-day long campaign, which runs nationally but with a local grassroots focus, has grown into a 120 venue event. Venues from Aberdeen to Exeter and Belfast to Norwich will be taking part. Amongst the venues joining this year are Quay Arts (Isle of Wight), The Soundhouse (Leicester) and Nambucca (north London).
This year’s Ambassadors are the Mercury Prize Shortlisted Wolf Alice, who are taking over from Frank Turner (2015) and Colin Greenwood (2014).
“We are proud to be ambassadors of this year’s Independent Venue Week and ask for people’s support so these kind of unique, intimate and sweaty shows continue for everyone to enjoy. Venues that we started off playing along with so many other bands have created some of our funnest memories to date. We’d love for that to continue for us and for other bands, please show your support.”
Artists performing over the 7 days include Everything Everything, Matthew E. White, Mallory Knox, Childhood, Misty Miller, Bloc Party, Toy, Beans on Toast, Eliza and the Bear, Saffron (Republica) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Georgia, Get Inuit, and Edwyn Collins who is following up his involvement last year. As well as playing live, he is also curating the week at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
Other curating partners include Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, BBC Introducing, PIAS, Domino Records and The Joe Strumner Foundation, with a DJ set from Shikari Sound System. 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq will be on tour for the whole week, broadcasting from five locations in partnership with IVW.
This year, IVW is partnering with two charities. Attitude is Everything, the music charity that works with audiences, artists and the music industry to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. Also involved is Stay Up Late with their gig buddy scheme, linking adults who have a learning disability to a volunteer with similar interests in music, so they can attend gigs together.
More info: For venue, gig and ticket info visit independentvenueweek.com