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…

Support Our Music Venue Documentary

Independent Venue Week and Blue Hippo Media are excited to announce plans for a new feature documentary celebrating the vital role of independent music venues in breaking, establishing and supporting live music. As well as interviewing venue owners and operators, we will also be featuring artists who have played the venues, some for decades, others…

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…

IVW Live 2018 Exclusive Vinyl Album for Record Store Day

     We’re ridiculously excited to announce the release of our first ever Independent Venue Week live album as part of Record Store Day, with recordings taken from shows across the week. Limited to 500 hand-numbered heavy-weight vinyl and only available in the UK, the release includes tracks from some of the most exciting artists…

Sunday’s Gig Gallery

As IVW18 draws to a close, we remember Sunday, our final day, and take a look at performances from Anteros, Horsey, The Magic Gang and more.

We’ve Spent The Week Meeting Our Heros

We’re done – what an incredible 7 days. The most enormous thank you ALL for your help and support in making Independent Venue Week’s 5th birthday such an ENORMOUS success. They say don’t meet your heroes. We’ve spent all week meeting ours – the effervescent, the maverick, the tireless, the cheeky, the extremely funny, the…