THANK YOU

THANK YOU

The dust is still settling for us, but we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for getting out and supporting independent venues last week for #IVW22. You really made it happen. A huge thanks to our supporters Arts Council England, BBC Radio 6 Music, Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales,…

#IVW22 DAY 6

#IVW22 DAY 6

SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY Last night tonight…We have loved every second, and we hope you have too. Yesterday, Audiobooks closed up Future Yard in Birkenhead in serious fashion, producing a set that lit up the crowd as a perfect way to end the venue’s first IVW. Nu Garçon brought an amazing show to Voodoo Daddy’s Showroom…

#IVW22 DAY 5

#IVW22 DAY 5

FRIDAY 4 FEBRUARY #IVW22 so far has already been more than we ever could have hoped for, and we are feeling pretty grateful that we still have a whole weekend to go… Jane Weaver produced an amazing set at Elsewhere in Margate, adding to the already stellar line up they have had on this week….

#IVW22 DAY 4

#IVW22 DAY 4

THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY We are already missing day 4 of #IVW22, but it’s ok because we still have the whole weekend to go. Idles produced a set worthy of their historic sold out three-night residency at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow last night. The energy and love in the room was something else, and it was…

#IVW22 DAY 3

#IVW22 DAY 3

WEDNESDAY 2 FEBRUARY Day 3 of #IVW22 was another crazy one all around the UK and as expected, we loved every second… Nova Twins rocked The Moon in Cardiff as they gather more praise in the independent music scene, picking up an impressive 5-star review in The Guardian for good measure. Meanwhile, the BBC 6…

#IVW22 DAY 2

#IVW22 DAY 2

TUESDAY 1 FEBRUARY Still reeling from another huge day for #IVW22. Gigs from #1 and #2 UK album artists to bands and venues involved in their first IVW gigs, it was another day that had everything… The day was full of excitement from the off as BBC 6 Music‘s Steve Lamacq ventured to Belgrave Music…

#IVW22 DAY 1

#IVW22 DAY 1

MONDAY 31 JANUARY What a first night to officially open #IVW22. So many venues were looking packed full of communities enjoying independent live music again, and that’s what we love to see. False Advertising opened up proceedings at The Parish, Huddersfield, bringing an infectious energy that will no doubt keep the crowd going all week….

#IVW22 HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN

#IVW22 HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN

MONDAY 31 JANUARY – SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2022 #IVW22 has official begun and we’ve already been treated to some massive gigs, including some early shows from a couple of our ambassadors… Wet Leg played a blinding night at the Joiners, Southampton last night. Showcasing a load of new tracks that whipped the eager crowd into…

#IVW22 FULL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

#IVW22 FULL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

MONDAY 31 JANUARY – SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2022 OVER 210 INDEPENDENT UK VENUES SIGNED UP ACROSS 93 VILLAGES, TOWNS & CITIES OVER 485 EVENTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH – ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, CREATIVE SCOTLAND, ARTS COUNCIL WALES,SEE TICKETS, gigseekr, PPL We are so excited to announce the full schedule for our ninth consecutive edition of IVW…

Independent Venue Week is back in person , and announces 2022 Ambassador – Wet Leg

Independent Venue Week is back in person , and announces 2022 Ambassador – Wet Leg

MONDAY 31 JANUARY – SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2022 OVER 120 INDEPENDENT UK VENUES ARE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THE 2022 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH – ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, CREATIVE SCOTLAND, ARTS COUNCIL WALES, SEE TICKETS – #IVW22 Independent Venue Week returns, in person, for its ninth consecutive year – the annual, seven-day celebration of independent music…

Funding Confirmed from Arts Council England for #IVW22 & launch of Yes We Can

Funding Confirmed from Arts Council England for #IVW22 & launch of Yes We Can

CAN YOU CIC IT? is incredibly excited and humbled to have been successful with our Arts Council England grant for Independent Venue Week 22 #IVW22 as well as our new development, education and community program, Yes We Can. Our community has experienced the toughest 18 months of their existence and the people who thrive in these spaces, on and off…

The Big Jeff Chat – Now Available as a Podcast

The Big Jeff Chat – Now Available as a Podcast

We’re over the moon that you can now take The Big Jeff Chat anywhere with you as a podcast. Over the last year legendary gig-goer Former Independent Venue Week ambassador, avid gig-goer and all round legend Big Jeff has been over on our YouTube channel having a friendly chat with someone he admires from the…

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…

#TheBigJeffChat with Arlo Parks in association with CALM

#TheBigJeffChat with Arlo Parks in association with CALM

This week our #IVW21 ambassador Arlo Parks joined our good friend Big Jeff for #TheBigJeffChat chatting about mental health, her favourite venues and her love of poetry. This episode was brought to you in association with the wonderful folks at CALM. You can access their support resources here: https://www.thecalmzone.net/calm-guides/

#IVW21 Ambassador Arlo Parks in conversation with Philip Selway (Radiohead)

#IVW21 Ambassador Arlo Parks in conversation with Philip Selway (Radiohead)

As part of our #IVW21 celebrations it was amazing to be able to bring together our wonderful 2021 ambassador Arlo Parks with our friend Philip Selway from her favourite band, Radiohead. The pair had a great chat about where they find inspiration and their creative techniques – Our favourite moment has got to be Philip…

#IVW21 Ambassador Arlo Parks – 360° Livestream Performance and more…

#IVW21 Ambassador Arlo Parks – 360° Livestream Performance and more…

We’re absolutely made up to be sharing some amazing videos of our #IVW21 Ambassador Arlo Parks with you over on our YouTube channel this week. On Thursday 18th March she connected with our good friend Big Jeff on #TheBigJeffChat chatting about mental health, her favourite venues and her love of poetry and then on Sunday…

#TheBigJeffChat with Sister Wives

#TheBigJeffChat with Sister Wives

This week for #TheBigJeffChat Jeff chatted with Sister Wives about their Welsh roots and how they’ve had an impact on their sound, storytelling & myths and how one of the band members once performed whilst pregnant! The Big Jeff Chat is hosted on our Independent Venue Week YouTube channel – Subscribe so you never miss…

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…

Big Jeff Johns Unveils His First Exhibition of Artworks

Big Jeff Johns Unveils His First Exhibition of Artworks

Our first ever non-artist IVW ambassador, legendary Bristol gig-goer and wonderful member of the IVW family Big Jeff Johns has announced his first very own exhibition of artworks which is online now for you to see. Big Jeff welcomes you to his world, see you down the front Prolific Bristol music fan Big Jeff is…

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…

#IVW21 Schedule Announcement

#IVW21 Schedule Announcement

INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2021 MONDAY 25 JANUARY – SUNDAY 31 JANUARY OVER 110 INDEPENDENT UK VENUES ACROSS 12 REGIONS + THE NATIONS 141 EVENTS AND COUNTING  96 PERFORMANCES  |  23 ‘IN CONVERSATIONS’    11 INDUSTRY PANELS  |  2 QUIZZES  |  1 DOCUMENTARY  1 FESTIVAL – Official partner of MUSIC FEEDS festival – IVW 21’s Ambassadors: ARLO…

#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…

#IVW21 Community Stories – Neuadd Ogwen

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. First up we spoke to the lovely Dilwun from North Wales venue…

#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….

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…

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…

#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…

#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,…