#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 –…

#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…

#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…

#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 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,…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Venue Sign-Up for IVW 2020 UK Is Now OPEN

Venue Sign-Up for IVW 2020 UK Is Now OPEN

We’re really excited to announce that venue and promoter sign up for Independent Venue Week 2020 is now OPEN. Dates for IVW 2020 are Monday 27th Jan – Sun 2nd Feb – just 8 months away. Our IVW family is growing every year and we’ve really enjoyed working with you all and hope you’re keen…

Arts Council England announces £1.5million budget to support grassroots live music

Arts Council England announces £1.5million budget to support grassroots live music

We are incredibly excited about this fantastic announcement by Arts Council England. We will release more details over the coming weeks and months about how we will be supporting this brilliant new fund for venues. Arts Council England announces £1.5million budget to support grassroots live music Arts Council England has announced a new ring-fenced budget…

IVW 19 – A Celebration Of Creativity and Generosity

IVW 19 – A Celebration Of Creativity and Generosity

What a week it’s been. The 6th Independent Venue Week has been an incredible show of creativity and generosity all across the country. From the venues and promoters that put shows on, the artists that play and the people that go to gigs, the whole country has come together to celebrate these amazing places. The…

The Long & Winding Road – Documentary Tour

The Long & Winding Road – Documentary Tour

Want a chance to be in the crowd for our documentary? The filming tour dates are below and they’re covering some amazing #IVW19 shows. There’s also still a chance to get your name in the documentary credits or buy other perks. Check out all the details on the Documentary Film tab of this website or…

Yorkshire Tea Celebrates the Spirit of Independent Venue Week

Yorkshire Tea Celebrates the Spirit of Independent Venue Week

Put the kettle on, Independent Venue Week (IVW), the UK’s leading celebration of independent music venues has announced a proper partnership with Yorkshire Tea. The home of a proper brew, Yorkshire Tea is fuelling venues and gig-goers all around the UK during IVW. As well as making sure every venue can offer a proper brew…

Help Musicians UK partners with Independent Venue Week 2019 to launch ‘Live Music, Help Musicians’ campaign

Help Musicians UK partners with Independent Venue Week 2019 to launch ‘Live Music, Help Musicians’ campaign

HMUK to support artist wellbeing backstage with bespoke ‘healthy venue packs’, accredited Mental Health First Aid training & nationwide grassroots music venue research initiative Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is proud to announce its partnership with Independent Venue Week (IVW) for a third consecutive year with a new campaign ‘Live Music, Help Musicians’. The innovative campaign will support the…

IVW Documentary with Radiohead’s Phil Selway – Crowdfunding Campaign

IVW Documentary with Radiohead’s Phil Selway – Crowdfunding Campaign

Even before the first ever Independent Venue Week had taken place, we  had approached no end of production and film companies. We had a vision about making a documentary all about the amazing characters, up and down the country, that own and run these venues. We met with apathy or radio silence. For five years. And…

Support Our Music Venue Documentary

Support Our Music Venue Documentary

Independent Venue Week and Blue Hippo Media are excited to announce plans for a new feature documentary celebrating the vital role of independent music venues in breaking, establishing and supporting live music. As well as interviewing venue owners and operators, we will also be featuring artists who have played the venues, some for decades, others…

IVW Live 2018 Exclusive Vinyl Album for Record Store Day

IVW Live 2018 Exclusive Vinyl Album for Record Store Day

     We’re ridiculously excited to announce the release of our first ever Independent Venue Week live album as part of Record Store Day, with recordings taken from shows across the week. Limited to 500 hand-numbered heavy-weight vinyl and only available in the UK, the release includes tracks from some of the most exciting artists…

Friday’s Gig Gallery

Friday’s Gig Gallery

As the weekend looms, IVW18 ramped up a gear on Friday with a host of incredible shows, including sets from Life, HMLTD, Cabbage and many more.

The Weekend Gig Guide

The Weekend Gig Guide

There’s one hell of a weekend ahead of us – and we’re rearing to get stuck in and explore.

Independent Venue Week to launch in the US

Independent Venue Week to launch in the US

In Summer 2018, Independent Venue Week will launch in the US. The festival will take place from July 9 – 15th, and will be in venues running across the whole of the United States. It’s amazingly exciting news for us, and a pleasure to finally share it.

The Friday Gig Guide

The Friday Gig Guide

It’s been amazing, but it’s not over yet. Today’s gig guide is up, and it’s an absolute corker with a huge amount of variety of artists across the country.

The Thursday Gig Guide

The Thursday Gig Guide

Thursday means we’re past the halfway mark, and a number of amazing shows are already behind us, but if you’re yet to make it to a show this week, there’s still time.

Wednesday’s Gig Gallery

Wednesday’s Gig Gallery

See Spring King, Baby Strange and Sorry in Wednesday’s IVW18 gallery. We’re at the halfway point of IVW18, and venues up and down the country got pretty tasty – we saw sets from Baby Strange, Spring King, Jesuits, Sorry and many more. This is Wednesday’s Gig Gallery.

The Wednesday Gig Guide

The Wednesday Gig Guide

It’s Wednesday. Meaning everything is fully in gear, and Independent Venue Week is firmly on the road. Here’s the list of gigs happening this evening.

Tuesday’s Gig Gallery

Tuesday’s Gig Gallery

Our photographers caught a glimpse of what happened on the second day of IVW18 Another great day of live music on Tuesday 30th Jan, with stellar performances from artists such as Spring King, Avalanche Party and Chiedu. In this gallery, we feature Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, The Cookie in Leicester, Boileroom in Guildford, The Windmill…

The Tuesday Gig Guide

The Tuesday Gig Guide

Welcome to the second day of Independent Venue Week. Every day we’ll be posting a comprehensive guide to what’s happening in the venues across the UK.

Monday’s Gig Gallery

Monday’s Gig Gallery

Here’s a round-up of how this year’s independent venues kicked off IVW18 in style. Seems venues were in fine form to kick off IVW18 on Monday night, with great listings up and down the country. See our highlights from Jimmy’s in Manchester, Moles Club in Bath, Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush and The Windmill in Brixton.

Just why do Independent venues matter?

Just why do Independent venues matter?

At the tail end of last year, we kicked off the project at 100 Club in London. During the launch, we spoke to some of the people making everything happen about just why independent venues matter.

The Monday Gig Guide

The Monday Gig Guide

Welcome to the first day of Independent Venue Week 2018. Every day we’ll be running you through a gig guide for what there is out there to enjoy for that day of the week.  

Changing cultural currents: A conversation about independence with Jamie Cullum

Changing cultural currents: A conversation about independence with Jamie Cullum

Joe Zadeh speaks to Jamie Cullum about his early starts making music, about recording, and about his mission to change the cultural currents for music in hard-hit areas across the UK. Words by Joe Zadeh 19 years ago, a 20-year-old Jamie Cullum decided to put aside £480 (which was probably around two months rent at…