Independent Venue Week Goes Virtual for 2020; Announces American Dates

Independent Venue Week Goes Virtual for 2020; Announces American Dates

Independent Venue Week will go digital this year, taking place online between October 24 to October 30. Originally slated to occur in July, Independent Venue Week will be raising funds to benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, helping to provide much-needed assistance to venues and promoters. “While Independent Venue Week has always been a celebration of the…

#TheBigJeffChat Ollie Judge – Squid

#TheBigJeffChat Ollie Judge – Squid

Welcome to the fifteenth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff had a natter with Ollie Judge of Squid about how gigs are looking at the moment and how nothing will stop Jeff bopping about to his favourite music! Watch the…

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

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…

#IVWTake5 Ailbhe Reddy chats with Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers)

#IVWTake5 Ailbhe Reddy chats with Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers)

#IVWTake5 sees two people sharing their thoughts and experiences of their life in music from early gig going in venues, shows they’ve loved, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. This eleventh edition features last week’s guest singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy…

#IVWTake5 Pillow Queens chat with Ailbhe Reddy

#IVWTake5 Pillow Queens chat with Ailbhe Reddy

#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, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. This ninth edition features last week’s guests Dublin indie-rockers…

#TheBigJeffChat – Dom Frazer (The Boileroom, Guildford)

#TheBigJeffChat – Dom Frazer (The Boileroom, Guildford)

Welcome to the fourteenth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by venue owner Dom Frazer, who runs The Boileroom in Guildford. The pair had a chat about what the venue means to them, and how people make venues….

#IVWTake5 SOAK chats with Pillow Queens

#IVWTake5 SOAK chats with Pillow Queens

#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, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. This ninth edition features last week’s guest SOAK having…

#TheBigJeffChat with Nathan (Brudenell Social Club)

#TheBigJeffChat with Nathan (Brudenell Social Club)

Welcome to the thirteenth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by venue owner Nathan Clarke, who runs the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. The pair had a big geek out about their favourite bands and gigs, the atmosphere…

#IVWTake5 Billy Nomates chats with SOAK

#IVWTake5 Billy Nomates chats with SOAK

#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, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. his eighth edition features Billy Nomates having a chat…

#TheBigJeffChat – Maita

#TheBigJeffChat – Maita

Welcome to the twelfth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by up and coming American indie musician MAITA, who chatted about what music she’ll be releasing next and how important it is to represent different perspectives in music….

#TheBigJeffChat with The Orielles

#TheBigJeffChat with The Orielles

Welcome to the eleventh Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by Heavenly trio The Orielles, who chatted about the release of their second album earlier this year, what they miss about touring and what they have in coming…

Grassroots Music Venues To Be Saved by Government Cash

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…

#TheBigJeffChat with Dream Wife

Welcome to the eighth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by punk rockers Dream Wife after the release of their charting album which was entirely produced by women. They caught up about drawing while on tour, record shops…

Independents Day 2020 Full Program Announcement

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…

#TheBigJeffChat with Alicia Gaines of Ganser

#TheBigJeffChat with Alicia Gaines of Ganser

Welcome to the ninth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by Alicia Gaines of New York post-punk band Ganser. The pair chatted about chatting about the band’s influences, their style and the power music has to unify people…

#TheBigJeffChat – Zena White (Partisan Records)

#TheBigJeffChat – Zena White (Partisan Records)

Welcome to the eighth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by Zena White of Partisan Records. The pair chatted about chatting about signing Idles, their favourite venues, festivals, and what will the future holds for them. Watch the full…

#IVWTake5 Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods) chats with Billy Nomates

#IVWTake5 Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods) chats with Billy Nomates

#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, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. This seventh edition features Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods…

#TheBigJeffChat – Tim Burgess

#TheBigJeffChat – Tim Burgess

Welcome to the seventh Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by Charlatans frontman, solo artist, former IVW ambassador and master of Twitter listening parties: Tim Burgess. The pair chatted about gig going, listening parties and lockdown and their…

#IVWTake5 – Geoff Barrow (Beak) chats with Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods)

#IVWTake5 – Geoff Barrow (Beak) chats with Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods)

#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, venues that mean a great deal to them and more widely how music has been such a positive influence in their lives. This sixth edition features Geoff Barrow (Beak) chatting to…

#TheBigJeffChat – Nadine Shah

#TheBigJeffChat – Nadine Shah

Welcome to the sixth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by singer-songwriter Nadine Shah ahead of the release of her new album Kitchen Sink. She and Jeff had a right laugh and Jeff’s mum even made a cameo…

#TheBigJeffChat – John Newton (JOHN)

#TheBigJeffChat – John Newton (JOHN)

Welcome to the fifth Big Jeff Chat, which we’ll be hosting here and on our YouTube channel every Thursday at 5pm GMT. This week Jeff was joined by musician John Newton of JOHN. The pair chatted together about Bristol, the joy of record shopping, their favourite gigs and a whole lot more. Watch the full…

#TheBigJeffChat – Anna Meredith

#TheBigJeffChat – Anna Meredith

Welcome to the fourth 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 musician Anna Meredith who chatted with Jeff about her artistic processes, experimenting with different music types and being creative during lockdown. Watch the full video on…

#IVWTake5 – James Cox (Crows) chats with Jehnny Beth (Savages)

#IVWTake5 – James Cox (Crows) chats with Jehnny Beth (Savages)

It’s Monday, so another #IVWTake5 is here and this week we have last week’s guest James Cox of Crows chatting with Jehnny Beth of Savages, ahead of the release of her debut solo album.. Stay tuned until the end to see who Jehnny will have as her guest next week.     #IVWTake5 sees two…

The Big Jeff Chat – Jeff Barrett (Heavenly Recordings)

The Big Jeff Chat – Jeff Barrett (Heavenly Recordings)

Welcome to the third 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 founder of Heavenly Recordings, Jeff Barrett for a Jeff x Jeff special! Jeff and Jeff chatted together about Bristol, how Heavenly was founded, and the record…

#IVWTake5 – Joe Talbot (Idles) chats with James Cox (Crows)

#IVWTake5 – Joe Talbot (Idles) chats with James Cox (Crows)

It’s Monday, so another #IVWTake5 is here and this week we have last week’s guest Joe Talbot of Idles chatting with James Cox of Crows Stay tuned until the end to see who James will have as his guest next week.    #IVWTake5 sees two people sharing their thoughts and experiences of their life in music from…

#TheBigJeffChat with Kate Stables (This Is The Kit)

#TheBigJeffChat with Kate Stables (This Is The Kit)

Welcome to the second 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 musician Kate Stables of This Is The Kit. She and Jeff had a lovely long chat about Bristol, the atmosphere, joy and community spirit of live…

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

#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

#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)

#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,…

#IndependentVenueLove from Frank Turner – Call Out To Artists and Venues

#IndependentVenueLove from Frank Turner – Call Out To Artists and Venues

You may have seen that the brilliant Frank Turner has set up #IndependentVenueLove which he is kindly now running in partnership with us and Music Venue Trust so we can help support independent venues during this difficult time. Frank is streaming live shows of his albums from his home once a week, which fans can subscribe…

Venue Donations and Corona Virus Crowdfunders

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….

Calderdale Flooding – URGENT Support Needed

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….

Independent Venue Week 20 – Done but not Dusted

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…

‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for independent venues’ – Anna Calvi exclusive

‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for independent venues’ – Anna Calvi exclusive

‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for independent venues’ Ahead of her Homecoming Tour show at Brixton’s Windmill, 2020 IVW ambassador Anna Calvi explains how grassroots gigs made her the kind of artist who scores Peaky Blinders, croons with Jeff Goulburn and makes “quite intense, in a good way” Mercury Prize-nominated music. Ambassador for IVW…

Big Jeff’s Blog – Lets go to SXSW

Big Jeff’s Blog – Lets go to SXSW

We’re so excited to say that Bristol music legend Big Jeff has been invited to Austin Texas for South by South West music conference and festival in March 2020 – can you help him go by donating and sharing his crowdfunding page? Jeff has been an ambassador for Independent Venue Week for the last 3 years and…

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

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

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…

Long And Winding Road Film Premiere

Long And Winding Road Film Premiere

We are so excited for our second big announcement this week – the worldwide premiere of our documentary with Blue Hippo Media, Long And Winding Road with Philip Selway (Radiohead) which is taking place on Tuesday 21st of January in music venues around the country. Long and Winding Road is feature documentary filmed over 2…

Lamacq Announces Homecoming Tour For IVW

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

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

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

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.

#IVW20 Ambassador Revealed

#IVW20 Ambassador Revealed

Independent Venue Week Announces Year 7 Plans and unveils Anna Calvi as Ambassador Monday 27th January – Sunday 2nd February 20   Independent Venue Week is very excited to announce Anna Calvi as Ambassador for their seventh year. The announcement came at a press and industry lunchtime event held at 229 The Venue in London…

IVW Launch Shows – 14th November

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…

The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions – Singapore

The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions – Singapore

Independent Venue Week is thrilled to be supporting 24OWLS, an independent music promoter in Singapore, and their first ever music festival undertaking, The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions. Brilliantly curated with all female fronted acts, it takes place all day on the 7th December at Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Power Station. The Power Station was built in…

150 venues have joined our family #IVW20

150 venues have joined our family #IVW20

Queen Elizabeth I is said to have had 150 wigs.   We’re very happy to have 150 venues along with us for #IVW20 (so far). There will be many more to come, but we’re proud to say we have had an additional 50 venues join our family in the last month ❤️ More details will…

You’ve come a long long way, baby.

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…

Arts Council England Support IVW20

Arts Council England Support IVW20

Photo: Pip Blom at The Horn #IVW19 by Ellen Offredy Photography We’re over the moon to have learnt that Arts Council England is, for a 6th year running, supporting Independent Venue Week. This enables us to work alongside all of our partners to deliver live shows as well as our new training and education program which we will be announcing later…

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN – Massive Thanks

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN – Massive Thanks

How brilliant was that. We want to thank everyone who came along to the first ever #IndependentsDay19 in partnership with HARMAN and made it so special. Big thanks to HARMAN for showing off their kit and taking the time to talk to everyone who was interested. If you’re keen on accessing their kit with the Arts…

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN

We are excited to announce the launch of Independents Day in partnership with HARMAN, a one-day gathering on 20th August at 229 The Venue, in London. It’s a day where Independent Venue Week (IVW) stakeholders can meet for the first time and share ideas about how to get the most out of IVW during the week,…

How To Release, Monetise & Promote Your Music

How To Release, Monetise & Promote Your Music

An initiative between IVW and CD Baby, these are panels all about learning how to get your music heard by more people via streaming, digital and physical release, distribution, sales, sync licensing, radio and press. The sessions will also welcome questions from the audience. Ticket Links – These are free events, but please RSVP in…

Help us share our work at SXSW

Help us share our work at SXSW

The IVW team have put together a panel proposal for SXSW about the need to diversify the music industry. As a team of four, made up of three women, and founded by one of them, this is an issue that is close to our hearts. Our Sybil will look at how venues can create safe,…

First 60 Venues for IVW UK 20 Announced

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…

Independent Venue Week Sponsor Profile: Eventbrite

Independent Venue Week Sponsor Profile: Eventbrite

Independent Venue Week is proud to welcome Eventbrite back as its exclusive ticketing partner. One of the founding sponsors of the event, Eventbrite is an ideal ally in our shared mission of celebrating the independent venues that provide a stage for emerging artists to grow in their craft. “As the technology that powers many of…

Q&A – NYC based rock and roll band, Radiant Reveries

Q&A – NYC based rock and roll band, Radiant Reveries

New York-based Radiant Reveries is a New York-based rock band consists of Adam Wallace (Vocals, Guitar), Karolina Wallace (Vocals, Guitar, Percussion), Graham Pence (Vocals, Bass), and Chris Heinz (Drums). You can read more about them on Instagram @radiantreveries or http://www.radiantreveries.com/. Which was the first venue you ever performed at? How did it go? It was…

Q&A – New York-based psychedelic rock band, Job Creators

Q&A – New York-based psychedelic rock band, Job Creators

New York-based Job Creators, a psychedelic rock band, is a two-piece with a bassist and a synth-playing drummer. They’ve played sold-out shows in New York City and Boston, small-town festivals and breweries across New England, and even an old coffin shop in Brooklyn. You can read more about them on BTR Today & WEMF Radio,…

Q&A – MEET JULIA HEATH, BOOKING ASSISTANT @ HARLOW’S

Q&A – MEET JULIA HEATH, BOOKING ASSISTANT @ HARLOW’S

As one of the oldest independent venues in Northern California, Harlow’s embraces all kinds of music in a time where it seems like many venues steer clear of certain genres. Julia Heath from Harlow’s explains her favorite part of working at her venue by saying, “In any given week, we might have artists that are…