A Journey to the Heart of Independent Venues and Their Communities with Philip Selway (Radiohead)

On The Road with Independent Venue Week (IVW) is a feature documentary filmed over 2 years, including the 2018 & 2019 IVW celebrations, taking you on a very special journey to independent live music venues across the country, meeting those who run, work & play in them.

We’re absolutely delighted that the wonderful folks at the BBC are hosting the documentary on BBC iPlayer, so the film is available for you to watch, for free here. You can also watch the Q&A from our premiere during #IVW21 hosted by Matt Everitt here.

Artist contributors to the feature include Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Fatboy Slim, Nadine Shah, IDLES, Gaz Coombes, Novelist, Richard Hawley, Talk Show, Pip Blom, Big Jeff & more.

The documentary was filmed on location at the following venues and includes interviews with owners and operators there; The New Adelphi Club  100 Club  Brudenell Social Club  Trades Club  The Boileroom  Moles Club  The Leadmill  John Peel Centre  The Met  Bush Hall  The Cookie & Others

After gathering footage during #IVW18 and throughout the rest of that year, the IVW team hit the road with Philip Selway for #IVW19, visiting places that were instrumental in the early days of Radiohead. Speaking about his week on tour, Selway said,

“Going on the road trip for Independent Venue Week, I was able to reconnect with the venues and people that I came across in the early days of touring with Radiohead. It gave me a greater insight into the highly motivated and inspirational communities that make these venues happen. They truly are the backbone and wellspring of music in the UK.” 

The passion and stories captured in the film truly reflect the love there is for these venues. Selway spoke with owners, artists and promoters along with local people involved in their scene, including gig goers, to understand how important these venues are to everyone that comes through their doors.

Sybil Bell, Founder Independent Venue Week Founder said, “Over the last 8 years of planning and running Independent Venue Week, we have met some incredible people who own and run venues all around the country. Their support of artists, live music and their local communities means everything to them.”

“For years, we knew we wanted to capture the spirit of these people and places as well as those artists and gig goers for whom these venues are vital cultural hubs. Long and Winding Road is a glimpse into the world of venues and touring which, we hope, captures the passion, drive and compassion of those that work so tirelessly to keep the venues alive and thriving, on and off stage.”

A big thank you to our crowd funding supporters


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