With You In Spirit Until We Can Be With You In Person

It’s been 7 months since 99,442 gig goers went to 808 gigs in 230 venues during Independent Venue Week 2020. No-one wants live music to return more than everyone in our community, including us.  When Independent Venue Week was set up back in 2013, the idea was to encourage people to get off their screens…

Grassroots Music Venues To Be Saved by Government Cash

First portion of £1.57 billion culture recovery package will go towards saving music venues from insolvency  £2.25 million emergency support expected to benefit 150 venues across the country The fund opens today, Saturday 24th July at midday and closes at midday, Monday 3rd August The first tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion cultural…

Independents Day 2020 Full Program Announcement

Full Program Announced for Second Independents Day, in partnership with HARMAN  Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th July 20 You can download the full program for the two days here. You can view all panels and sessions live and direct from the Watch Live page here on our website or on our Facebook page Our stakeholder event, Independents Day, is…

Support NIVA’s #SaveOurStages Campaign

Independent Venue Week proudly supports the nationwide initiative to #SaveOurStages. As COVID-19 reached the US, Independent Venue Week assembled its community of independent venues and promoters to communicate in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Independent Venue Week hosted weekly virtual Town Halls, which led to the creation of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)….

#IVWTake5 – Anna Calvi chats with Joe Talbot (Idles)

The second #IVWTake5 is here, and this week we have #IVW20 ambassador Anna Calvi chatting with Joe Talbot of Idles. Stay tuned until the end to see who Joe will have as his guest next week.  #IVWTake5 sees two people sharing their thoughts and experiences of their life in music from early gig going in venues, shows they’ve…

#TheBigJeffChat with Bill Ryder-Jones

Welcome to the first Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm UK Time. This week Jeff was joined by singer-songwriter and producer Bill Ryder-Jones and you can hear the really moving conversation they had with one another covering the value of art, mental health, self-doubt…

#IVWTake5 – Anna Calvi & Ellie Rowsell (Wolf Alice)

Welcome to our very first #IVWTake5 featuring Ellie Rowsell (Wolf Alice) chatting with Anna Calvi. Stay tuned until the end to see who Anna will have as her guest next week.  #IVWTake5 will see two people sharing their thoughts and experiences of their life in music from early gig going in venues, shows they’ve loved,…

Venue Donations and Corona Virus Crowdfunders

For our friends and partners who are at the heart of grassroots music venues and everyone that is part of their local venue community and touring world, we feel so much for you all right now. We are aware many of you are taking the very difficult decision to close your venues or postpone tours….

Independent Venue Fundraiser Megathread

In these past several weeks, the novel coronavirus has brought much of everyone’s daily lives to a screeching halt. For independent venues, whose businesses are kept afloat by social gatherings and live events, the lasting economic effects of this pandemic will prove to be a daunting and unprecedented challenge, unlike anything they’ve experienced beforehand. With cancellations…

Independent Venues Unite to Deal with Crisis

With the Covid 19 Coronavirus leading to the widespread cancellation of public events, independent venues from around the world are now facing an unprecedented challenge, unlike anything they’ve experienced beforehand. On March 12th, 2020, Independent Venue Week hosted a digital conversation to an attendance of more than 75 live music professionals. In lieu of recent…

Calderdale Flooding – URGENT Support Needed

Live Shows and Auction – Please Can You Help? As you may have seen, the wider area of Calderdale has, once again, been hit by sever flooding. Many homes, business and community spaces have been hit really badly and with more storms hitting for a second weekend, a clean up can’t even properly start yet….

Over 120 US Venues and Counting Announced for 2020

The third US edition of Independent Venue Week will take place July 6-12 with over 120 venues confirmed and counting Venues are still welcome to apply to participate in this year’s edition of Independent Venue Week Returning for its third iteration in the US, Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for its…

Independent Venue Week 20 – Done but not Dusted

Photography by Jamie MacMillan ©   WHAT A WEEK – #IVW20 was our biggest ever thanks to everyone who took part. Whether you bought tickets to a gig, ran a night, played on stage, crewed for a band or venue, were one of our important partners, broadcast news and interviews of the hundreds of gigs…

Arts Council England announces second round of funding to support independent venues

Arts Council England announces second round of funding – a further £1.5million for grassroots music venues. Following the launch of the inaugural £1.5 million Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund in May 2019, Arts Council England (ACE) today announces a second round of investment in the grassroots music sector with a further £1.5million available to March…

Today is the day, #IVW20 kicks off in full force

Thank you all SO much for helping get Independent Venue Week off to the most incredible start this year. I know you are all in different parts of the country, some having travelled overnight on that AMAZING BBC 6 Music bus. This IVW is set to be the biggest year yet and we’re grateful to…

Lamacq Announces Homecoming Tour For IVW

The BBC 6 Music Homecoming Tour with Steve Lamacq for Independent Venue Week announcement   We are excited to finally announce Steve Lamacq‘s plans for IVW, his fifth year going out on the road and travelling across the UK. On his ‘Homecoming Tour’, Lamacq will be visiting the hometowns, and consequently the infamous venues, of…

IVW Live Vinyl Record 2019

Second Live Release to celebrate Independent Venue Week 2020  Limited edition of 250 individually numbered copies on black vinyl Heavy-Weight 180g Single Album in a double gatefold sleeve Release Date – Friday 24th January 2020 Independent Venue Week release their second live album with recordings taken from shows across IVW19, the launch event, and at…

IVW is getting closer, and we’re getting excited

#IVW20 keeps getting closer and closer, it’s brilliant looking at what everyone’s got planned for the week. We’re very excited to see what Anna Calvi has planned as our ambassador too. Have a look at what everyone was excited about at our launch below.

200 venues for IVW20

‪#IVW20 is looking so good already. Do you know where you want to go? We now have 200 venues you can choose from. Check them out ‬here.

IVW Launch Shows – 14th November

Our official launch for #IVW20 will be taking place on the 14th of November. Around the UK we have a number of venues who want to celebrate with us and who will be announcing their line ups for January. They’re putting on their own shows with the bands they love, and will be joining in…

You’ve come a long long way, baby.

We are ridiculously excited to announce, in partnership with The Adelphi Club in Hull, Fatboy Slim on Friday 18th October 2019. This is one of the most eagerly anticipated intimate gigs the city has ever seen and see’s the legendary superstar DJ making a welcome return to Hull to take part in the venue’s 35th…

Independent Venue Week wraps second US edition, announces 2020 event dates

Independent Venue Week 2020 will take place in the US from July 6-12 The  2019 event included more than 200 shows at 80+ venues across more than 50 cities in 28 states Venues interested in taking part in the 2020 event can apply here “We’re very excited and honored to…participate in this great event because it’s really…

First 60 Venues for IVW UK 20 Announced

If you’re having the Monday blues, fear not as we’re here to cheer you up. We’re incredibly excited to announce the first 60 venues that have signed up for Independent Venue Week for Jan/Feb 20. There will, of course, be many more to come but we have venues signed up from all across England, Scotland…

Full List of 2019 US Participating Venues and Shows

Independent Venue Week 2019 to include 200+ shows in 80+ venues across more than 50 cities in 28 US states Find an Independent Venue Week show near you HERE   Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite as its exclusive ticketing partner, announces the full list of participating venues. Participation in the…

Independent Venue Week Announces First Round of 2019 US Shows, More Participating Venues

Featuring lineups with Soccer Mommy, The Beths, Cate Le Bon, Bill Callahan, The Get Up Kids, and many more Venues are still welcome to apply to participate in this year’s edition of Independent Venue Week Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite and Songtrust returning as sponsors, has announced its first round of shows, including performances…

US 2019 Artist Ambassador and First Venues Revealed

Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite as its exclusive ticketing partner, has announced that Fantastic Negrito will be joining as its official artist ambassador. Grammy Award winner Xavier Dphrepaulezz (Fantastic Negrito) emerged from Oakland’s local music scene to a tremendously successful rise after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert in 2015. Following in the role after inaugural ambassador Chuck D of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage, Xavier’s wealth of experiences as a performer and patron of these venues is central to the community-building mission of Independent Venue Week.

IVW Documentary with Radiohead’s Phil Selway – Crowdfunding Campaign

Even before the first ever Independent Venue Week had taken place, we  had approached no end of production and film companies. We had a vision about making a documentary all about the amazing characters, up and down the country, that own and run these venues. We met with apathy or radio silence. For five years. And…

Arts Council England Confirmation

Here at IVW HQ we’ve received some great news that we wanted to share with you all. We are beyond thrilled, a little relieved and so, so grateful to have been successfully awarded our Arts Council England grant. Independent Venue Week was set up to and continues to support independent venues and those that learn…

#IVW 2nd Wave of Venues Signed Up

With just a few months to go before #IVW19, we’re excited to announce that 130 independent venues have now signed up to be part of the 6th Independent Venue Week. Details for all new venues will be added to the existing list on our website soon, but for the meantime, see below for all the…

Full US lineup announced along with honorary artist ambassador Chuck D

Independent Venue Week releases full lineup of inaugural American edition: runs nationwide July 9-15, 2018 Announces Chuck D as honorary artist ambassador “Supporting independent music venues is a cool thing to do, so it’s very exciting that a whole week [is] dedicated to doing just that…The long and short of it, then, is that you…

#IVW19 Dates and first 70 venues for UK announced

We are really excited to be able to announce the dates for Independent Venue Week 2019, as well as the first 70 venues that are taking part. #IVW19 will take place from Monday, 28th January – Sunday, 3rd February 2019. Here are the venues that have signed up so far: 100 Club,  London 93 Feet…

Independent Venue Week announces initial US venues, shows

Debut American edition of highly successful UK event runs nationwide July 9-15, 2018 Read the story on Billboard.com We are excited to announce the first confirmed venues and shows across the US partaking in the upcoming American edition of Independent Venue Week. Following a half-decade of massive success in the UK, Independent Venue Week will…

Independent Venue Week to launch in the US

In Summer 2018, Independent Venue Week will launch in the US. The festival will take place from July 9 – 15th, and will be in venues running across the whole of the United States. It’s amazingly exciting news for us, and a pleasure to finally share it.

Changing cultural currents: A conversation about independence with Jamie Cullum

Joe Zadeh speaks to Jamie Cullum about his early starts making music, about recording, and about his mission to change the cultural currents for music in hard-hit areas across the UK. Words by Joe Zadeh 19 years ago, a 20-year-old Jamie Cullum decided to put aside £480 (which was probably around two months rent at…

#TunesNotChat

#TunesNotChat Going to a gig this weekend? Hate it when other people talk at gigs? So do we. We asked award winning illustrator Robbie Porter (http://www.robbieporter.co.uk) to come up with some posters to encourage people to listen to the music. Here are the brilliant results – feel free to share. See our interview with Tim…

INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK LAUNCHES PLANS FOR 2016

INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK LAUNCHES PLANS FOR 2016 Monday 25th – Sunday 31st January 2016   Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week is back in January 2016 with a week-long series of gigs all around the UK. The 7 day long campaign which runs nationally but with a local grassroots focus has grown again…

Independent Venue Week 2015 Launches…

85 Venues with Frank Turner as Ambassador Monday 26th Jan – Sunday 2nd Feb 2015 Following a hugely successful first year, Independent Venue Week is back in 2015 with 5 times as many venues taking part all around the UK. Frank Turner has taken over the mantle as this year’s Ambassador from Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. Supported…

A big thank you to all those Independent Venue’s that made IVW amazing!

That’s it – the first Independent Venue Week came to a close last night after an amazing 6 days of gigs all around the UK. A HUGE thank you to all those people who helped make it happen including all of the participating venues and their dedicated staff, promoters, bands and everyone who went down…