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 stage,…

Join Us Helping Stay Up Late Celebrate Their 10th Birthday

Join Us Helping Stay Up Late Celebrate Their 10th Birthday

Stay Up Late, one of our partner organisations offering support to people who are Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, is turning ten this year and want your help in celebrating. Stay Up Late is a charity committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing, running various programmes…

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…

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 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…

#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,…

Venue Donations and Corona Virus Crowdfunders

Venue Donations and Corona Virus Crowdfunders

For our friends and partners who are at the heart of grassroots music venues and everyone that is part of their local venue community and touring world, we feel so much for you all right now. We are aware many of you are taking the very difficult decision to close your venues or postpone tours….

Soundcheck Session – Gary Stringer from Reef at Wroot Rocks

Soundcheck Session – Gary Stringer from Reef at Wroot Rocks

We were absolutely delighted to see our first ever Soundcheck Session take place for IVW19, with Gary Stringer of rock band Reef at Doncaster venue Wroot Rocks. Gary Stringer and other members of his band Reef as well as a member of their crew showed the young people from the local community how they set…