This panel will provide the opening backdrop to Independents Day by hearing from venues with varying histories and a variety of locations from capital cities to rural market towns in the north of England. We will look at the programming, challenges, what they are best for known for and some highlights. We will then explore each of the venues experiences of being part of Independent Venue Week over the years, if they had a breakthrough year, what they get out of the week and how IVW has impacted them.
SYBIL BELL – IVW FOUNDER (M)
Sybil Bell is CEO at music company and live record label, I Like The Sound Of That Ltd. She is Founder of Independent Venue Week and oversees relationships with the BBC, all partners, IVW international growth, ambassador activity, the live record and the soon to be released documentary about veneus, The Long & Winding Road. She is also Co-Founder of CAN YOU CIC IT? a Community Interest Company that supports people wanting to be involved in music. They have a number of initiatives including Yes We Can, their training education and development program with a dedicated female only strand, Yes She Can, an initiative for women who would like to explore career opportunities in live music. Sybil has a range of experience in music including artist & label management, tour management and promotion in the UK and internationally as well as planning and running events such as awards shows and corporate events in music. Sybil has owned a live music venue and recording studio, has consulted at various music industry trade bodies including UK Music, the MMF and the FAC and co-ordinated International networking events at SXSW for DiT for eight years.
JEFF HORTON – THE 100 CLUB, LONDON
Jeff Horton has been the owner and operator of the 100 Club for 35 years and is the third generation of his family to do so. In the 75 years the 100 Club has been in operation, it has historically welcomed musicians and bands from all backgrounds and genres into its premises, promoting eclectic programming and diversity within the music industry which is cause for its longevity. The last 75 years were celebrated with the release of 100 Club Stories
, in partnership with Fred Perry and Ditto London. The book celebrates the people who play, work in, and come down to the venue, by telling their favourite experiences of the venue. 2019 started off strong, with the likes of Idles, Sleaford Mods, and AJ Tracey. The 100 Club used Independent Venue Week as an opportunity to show case an eclectic mix of artists of all sizes including The Specials, Novelist, Tim Burgess, and John Paul. Jeff has recently spoken in parliament about the state of the grass roots music scene in the UK and has frequently spoken out about how things could, and should change to keep it healthy.
DOM FRAZER – THE BOILEROOM, GUILDFORD
Dominique Frazer is at the helm of the good ship Boileroom, the South East’s alternative live music and creative arts hub. As well as welcoming musicians and bands from all over the globe, the venue is home to five artists studios, that include jewellers, tattooists, fine artistists, and a Makerspace to boot! Dom and her incredible team book an eclectic programme of emerging, national and international musicians, as well as creative and wellbeing workshops that support and benefit their local community. 2018 started off with a bang, with a live broadcast in the venue from Steve Lamacq and the BBC 6 Music team as part of Independent Venue Week; also in that year the venue won Music Week’s Spirit of the Scene award that champions grassroots music venues. Strengthening the local community is a cornerstone of The Boileroom’s ethos.
MAL CAMPBELL – THE TRADES CLUB, HEBDEN BRIDGE
As promoter of the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, Mal has taken the venue from the brink of closing to one of the most respected live venues in the UK. In the last 5 years the club has hosted three Heavenly Weekends for Heavenly Recordings, with the likes of Mark Lanegan, King Gizzard and St Etienne playing the 200 capacity venue. Other notable artists to have played the club for past Independent Venue Weeks include Laura Marling, Richard Hawley, Public Service Broadcasting, Thurston Moore, Nadine Shah, Blossoms & Edwyn Collins. Hand in hand with its standing as a grass roots music venue the Trades is a long-standing socialist members club, a cornerstone of the local community and a place of social activism and protest.
PAUL JACKSON – THE NEW ADELPHI CLUB, HULL
“I started at the Adelphi in October 1984. I inherited a run-down working-mens’ club, with a gay night – which meant that working men wouldn’t come near the place! Our regular ‘punters’ consisted of the local gangster fraternity. I felt that virtually all the drugs off Hull docks must have been coming through the club, and that we must have been supplying all of Glasgow if not all of Scotland. There was a constant stream of mean, grizzled, Scottish ex-cons, in big flashy cars – one of which, I recall, was used in an attempt to decapitate someone who had previously been knocked senseless in the car park. As far as my future was concerned, it was hardly what I had in mind! The gay night soon folded after in-fighting began, and, not being gay myself, I felt unable to mediate. So, it was a music venue I wanted and got. The first bands to play here were Vagrant and Cold Dance. After that more bands came and the regulars went elsewhere. Inside, music replaced the sound of bottles whistling past your ears, whilst outside the street fights and burglaries diminished. The young of Hull rapidly adopted the Adelphi as theirs. The Housemartins were one of the first names to play here, and early out-of-town bands included Pulp and The Shamen. Students also started to attend. The Adelphi was one of only a handful of venues that actually welcomed them.”