Long And Winding Road with Philip Selway (Radiohead)

The worldwide premiere of our documentary took place on Tuesday 21st of January 20 in music venues around the country.

Long and Winding Road is a feature documentary filmed over 2 years, including the 2018 & 2019 Independent Venue Week celebrations, taking you on a very special journey into independent live music venues across the UK, meeting those who run, work & play in them.

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.” 

Contributors to the feature documentary inc. Nadine Shah, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Sheila Ravenscroft (John Peel Centre), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Gaz Coombes, IDLES and many more.

The documentary was filmed at the 100 Club, John Peel Centre, Moles Club Bath, Brudenell Social Club, The Boileroom, The New Adelphi, The Trades Club Hebden Bridge and others.


There was a special premier in London at Bush Hall which included a live Q&A hosted by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, who has championed Independent Venue Week from the start. He chatted to Philip Selway (Radiohead) who’s tour of #IVW19 features in the film as well as other contributors including Adrian Utley (Portishead) , Nadine Shah, Dominque Frazer of the Boileroom in Guildford,  and our founder Sybil Bell.

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 7 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.”

The documentary is also being screened in music venues around the country and you can get tickets for screenings at these locations for each venue’s website – Brudenell Social ClubThe LanternPilgrims PitFulford ArmsThe BoileroomThe CookieTrades ClubThe New Adelphi Club. The Q&A will also be streamed into the other venues after the film.

The film will be in independent cinemas in Spring 2020 – more details to follow soon.

A big thank you to our crowd funding supporters so far;


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