Returning for the seventh consecutive year, Independent Venue Week is a seven day celebration of independent music venues around the UK; championing the venue’s importance to the nation’s culture and identity through those that own, work and play in them.
This year’s IVW will take place from Monday 27th January to Sunday 2nd February 2020, with a BBC 6 Homecoming Tour, intimate live shows and a new live record release.
The BBC 6 Homecoming Tour with Steve Lamacq – featuring Anna Calvi, Nadine Shah, Frank Turner, Self Esteem and Gryff Rhys – will be a key part of the 800+ gigs taking place across the UK, alongside other tours and shows including BC Camplight, Pigs x7, TOY, Sinead O’Brien, Demob Happy, Toyah Wilcox, Stereo MC’s Twin Atlantic, Morcheeba, Goat Girl, Black Country New Road, and Raging Speedhorn.
Ahead of IVW, will be the release of feature documentary, The Long and Winding Road, with Radiohead‘s Philip Selway, and the second live record release from #IVW19 featuring Cancer Bats, Pip Blom, and Public Service Broadcasting.
More than 230 venues across the UK have signed up to take part in this year’s event. These independent venues have given artists their first live platforms, given fans their first live music experience, and inspired careers within the music industry, on and off the stage. Independent venues are at the beginning of each journey, and a host of incredible musicians, crew and gig-goers will come together to celebrate their grass roots in a week long celebration of independent venues.
The Independent Venue Week 2020 Ambassador is Mercury Prize nominated musician Anna Calvi; and this year there are two additional Ambassadors, BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens, and BBC Radio Scotland presenter Vic Galloway.
When: 27th January – 2nd February 2020
Where: At more than 230 venues across the UK
£: Event ticket prices vary
More info: www.independentvenueweek.com