US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir opened in 2004 in Portland’s lower Burnside neighborhood and has had a big impact on the local music scene ever since. This state of the art venue, which was named one of the top clubs in the country by Rolling Stone in 2013, hosts concerts at least 28 days a month while its…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Austin, TX – Mohawk

Mohawk first opened its doors in 2006 and has since become a beloved venue and bar in the heart of downtown Austin. The venue is missioned with hosting audiences, musicians, and staff that represent all music tastes and all backgrounds, stressing that all are welcome at the Mohawk. Before opening as a venue, the building…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Boston, MA – The Middle East

The Middle East in Cambridge opened in 1970. Back then, it existed as a Lebanese restaurant that occasionally hosted Lebanese bands. It wasn’t until 1987 that The Middle East saw its first rock concert. Ever since it was turned into a venue, The Middle East has grown to attract gradually larger audiences to its five…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern was opened in 2000 by owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy (at the time, the booker for iconic venue Pat’s in the Flats and member of Cleveland band Satan’s Satellites). The two converted the old Croatian Liberty Hall in Cleveland into an eclectic live music venue and managed to preserve…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

Since The Echo opened in 2001 it has become the go-to destination for major local music events in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. The venue hosts dance nights and shows with touring artists all while introducing some of the hottest new bands to the L.A. music scene. The Echo and Echoplex are known for embracing…

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…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall

Opened as a music venue in May of last year, White Eagle Hall is one of the newest and most unique performance spaces in the Northeast. The venue houses state of the art sound and lighting equipment optimized for live music while still featuring many of the building’s historic details, including a wrought iron wrap-around…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

Since its launch in 2004, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia has presented the best of local, national, and international talent and hosted over 500 shows a year.   From presenting one of Adele’s very first US performances to showcasing artists such as Alabama Shakes, Graham Nash, and Edward Sharpe, World Cafe Live is famed for…

Meet the US Partner – Songtrust

Independent Venue Week founding partner Songtrust is missioned with using technology to empower artists. They are driven by the beliefs that every songwriter should get paid a fair share for their creativity and that songwriters’ time is best spent writing songs–not worrying about music publishing. Since launching in 2010, Songtrust has grown to be the…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall

When Motorco Music Hall opened its doors in 2010, the city of Durham gained more than just a beautiful music venue—it also saw an invaluable addition to its local music scene while retaining a piece of its 20th century history. The Rigsbee Ave building that houses Motorco was built in 1938 as the production facility…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern

You will find Schubas Tavern in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. This divey gem of a venue has been a fixture of Chicago’s music scene for almost three decades. With its intimate atmosphere, neighborhood bar vibe, and diverse music programming, Schubas Tavern has become the place in Chicago to experience your next favorite artists up…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

Few American music venues are as storied and beloved as The Crocodile in Seattle. Since it opened its doors in 1991, music fans far and wide have come to recognize this Belltown neighborhood fixture as Seattle’s ultimate music hotspot. Known to locals as “the Croc,” The Crocodile quickly became a leading venue for both local…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

First Avenue has been the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis since 1970 when a music venue was opened in an old Greyhound Bus Depot. Yes, that is over 45 years ago! This makes First Avenue one of the longest-running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States. As the single longest-running…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – New York, NY – Pianos

Since opening in 2002, Pianos in Manhattan has built a reputation as one of New York City’s most prominent independent venues. This two-story venue on the Lower East Side’s Ludlow Street has hosted some of the first concerts by artists such as Passion Pit, Tame Impala, SZA, Courtney Barnett, Imagine Dragons, Clap Your Hands Say…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.

Opened a little under one year ago, Deep Ellum Art Co. is a creative space in the lively Deep Ellum entertainment district of Dallas, TX. The venue’s offerings count not just live music in both in- and outdoor spaces, but also indoor art galleries, outdoor street art displays, a huge drink selection, and a number…

New US shows and venues announced

Independent Venue Week will make its American debut in just six weeks! We have even more amazing shows to announce that will take place throughout the country July 9-15. On top of adding more shows to the lineup, we also welcome new venues and cities to Independent Venue Week 2018. Take a look below, find…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

In today’s venue spotlight you’ll find the downright legendary 9:30 Club! This D.C. venue has topped best nightclub lists in major music publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pollstar more times than any other club in the country. It is also said to be the most attended club of its size in the world. The…

US VENUE SPOTLIGHT – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

Today, we look to Pittsburgh and the historic Mr. Smalls Theatre. This beautifully repurposed 18th century Catholic church is a truly unique space for live music. With local and national artists performing all year round, it is no wonder that this stunning setting has earned a reputation as Pittsburgh’s premier music venue. Mr. Smalls is…

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…