19th July 2021

19th July 2021

We are over the moon today to see the lifting of restrictions in England, allowing many independent venues to once more open their doors and welcome gig-goers. For many of our venues this will be the first gig they will have put together in over 16 months, and we’re really excited by all of the shows we’ve seen announced and taking…

The Sherlocks announce tour in support of independent venues

The Sherlocks announce tour in support of independent venues

We’re absolutely delighted that The Sherlocks have partnered with us to play 15 shows at UK grassroots venues this autumn, as part of their “Keep Our Independent Venues Alive” tour. The tour kicks off in Blackburn’s Electric Church Club on October 1, followed by shows in Manchester, Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Reading, Northampton, Peterborough, Wrexham, Bedford, York,…

Independent Venue Week Endorses Audience Access Alliance Accessible Re-Opening Checklist

Independent Venue Week Endorses Audience Access Alliance Accessible Re-Opening Checklist

Independent Venue Week urges industry to check reopening plans against 10-point checklist to ensure Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent audiences/fans/consumers are not left behind.  Independent Venue Week is today calling on the UK’s insert relevant industry or ‘venues and events’ etc to check their reopening plans against a 10-point checklist published by the cross-sector Audience Access Alliance. The Audience Access Alliance, founded…

#IVW22 Venue Sign-Up is Now Open

#IVW22 Venue Sign-Up is Now Open

We’re really excited to say that as of noon today venue sign-up for #IVW22 is OPEN! We can’t wait to see packed rooms of people enjoying live music for Independent Venue Week once more. We’re using @_loadin.com_ again this year for venues & promoters, so if you want to get involved please drop Charlie a line at charlie@independentvenueweek.com and…

‘Music Is My Substantial Meal’ Merch, Designed by Big Jeff

‘Music Is My Substantial Meal’ Merch, Designed by Big Jeff

Over lockdown, legendary gig-goer, artist, IVW ambassador and our wonderful pal Big Jeff designed this fantastic artwork based on one of his own tweets. Just like Jeff, music is our substantial meal and we can’t wait until we can get into venues once more – we’re hungry for some live music.  You can order your…

On The Road with Independent Venue Week now available on BBC iPlayer

On The Road with Independent Venue Week now available on BBC iPlayer

We’re over the moon that our feature-length documentary, taking you behind the scenes of some of the most iconic and much loved grassroots music venues in the country, is now available on BBC iPlayer. If like us, you’re feeling nostalgic about gigs, now feels like a poignant time to reflect on the passion, love, creativity…

Venue Pet’s T-Shirts & Totes

Venue Pet’s T-Shirts & Totes

All proceeds towards Help Musicians UK & their Music Minds Matter Helpline As lockdown has had such an impact on people’s mental health, Help Musicians UK have found their services needed more than ever. We teamed up with them and with our venues to bring something that will hopefully put a smile on everyones faces…

IVW Response to new PRS Announcement

IVW Response to new PRS Announcement

It is encouraging to see PRS for Music respond to feedback from across the industry, particularly the grassroots live music community, regarding their online streaming tariff.  The new license, for artists performing their own work, is a step in the right direction but the £500 cap would still have taken much needed revenue away from…

Thank You

Thank You

Well, that was a very different but no less important week – the most enormous thank you to every single one of you, who helped make Independent Venue Week 2021 happen.  The work that went into making this a digital event was so much more complex than anything we, or many of our venues, have…

On The Road with Independent Venue Week – Premiere Tickets Onsale Now

On The Road with Independent Venue Week – Premiere Tickets Onsale Now

We are beyond excited to finally be able to share On The Road With Independent Venue Week, our feature length documentary about venues and their communities with you, all as part of #IVW21.  On The Road with Independent Venue Week (IVW) is a feature documentary filmed over 2 years, including the 2018 & 2019 IVW celebrations,…

#IVW21 Community Stories – Communion Music

We had a fantastic full week line up announced for both Omeara and Lafayette which we’ve fortunately been able to reschedule most of to dates in April and May. All of the shows are socially distanced so the capacities at both venues will be greatly reduced, giving fans the chance to experience live music in a truly intimate setting.   The…

#IVW21 Community Stories – The Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

In the run up to #IVW21 we’ll be featuring stories from people in our community about how they have found the last 12 months, what they’re looking forward to in the next year & how live music can only thrive if everyone survives.  Today we chatted with the lovely Dee from The Oh Yeah Centre…

Announcing our #IVW21  Ambassador for Scotland – Amy Macdonald

Announcing our #IVW21 Ambassador for Scotland – Amy Macdonald

INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2021 ANNOUNCES AMY MACDONALD AS NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR SCOTLAND She joins Arlo Parks, Gruff Rhys & Jordan Adetunji to complete the lineup of representatives for the UK’s biggest celebration of independent venues and their communities IVW 2021 AMBASSADOR FOR SCOTLAND: AMY MACDONALD For the first time in its eight-year history, Independent Venue…

#IVW21 Launch

#IVW21 Launch

INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK ANNOUNCES 2021 RETURN WITH AMBASSADOR ARLO PARKS MONDAY 25 JANUARY – SUNDAY 31 JANUARY 2021 OVER 55 INDEPENDENT UK VENUES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH – ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, SEE TICKETS, YAMAHA, FRED PERRY, THE F LIST, PPL, LOADIN.COM Arlo Parks | IVW Ambassador 2021 | Credit: Alex Kurun Independent Venue Week returns for its eighth consecutive year –…

#IVW21 Tickets & Info

#IVW21 Tickets & Info

Head to our Tickets & Info page for up to date listings for all events taking place as part of #IVW21. Head to the page here.

#IVW21 Venue Sign-Up

#IVW21 Venue Sign-Up

This year, we are moving the sign up and ongoing communications with IVW to a new platform to streamline the whole process, make it easier and more efficient to communicate with you and update you on key things. The updated Code of Conduct can be found here along with all documents and forms you will…