Independent Venue Week Venue Pet Merch – All Proceeds to Help Musicians UK

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…

Independent Venue Week Goes Virtual for 2020; Announces American Dates

Independent Venue Week Goes Virtual for 2020; Announces American Dates

Independent Venue Week will go digital this year, taking place online between October 24 to October 30. Originally slated to occur in July, Independent Venue Week will be raising funds to benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, helping to provide much-needed assistance to venues and promoters. “While Independent Venue Week has always been a celebration of the…

#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…

#TheBigJeffChat with Dream Wife

Welcome to the eighth 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 punk rockers Dream Wife after the release of their charting album which was entirely produced by women. They caught up about drawing while on tour, record shops…

Big Jeff’s IVW20 Tour – Day 5

Big Jeff’s IVW20 Tour – Day 5

I wake up the next morning feeling like as if my head has been placed in a strainer and I start to feel that the only words I was starting to utter was “uggh”; it was just the perfect day for that – I going on Steve Lamacq’s radio show. I was definitely feeling or…

#TheBigJeffChat – Zena White (Partisan Records)

#TheBigJeffChat – Zena White (Partisan Records)

Welcome to the eighth 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 Zena White of Partisan Records. The pair chatted about chatting about signing Idles, their favourite venues, festivals, and what will the future holds for them. Watch the full…

#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…

#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 – Joe Talbot (Idles) chats with James Cox (Crows)

#IVWTake5 – Joe Talbot (Idles) chats with James Cox (Crows)

It’s Monday, so another #IVWTake5 is here and this week we have last week’s guest Joe Talbot of Idles chatting with James Cox of Crows Stay tuned until the end to see who James will have as his guest next week.    #IVWTake5 sees two people sharing their thoughts and experiences of their life in music from…

#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…

#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,…

#IndependentVenueLove from Frank Turner – Call Out To Artists and Venues

#IndependentVenueLove from Frank Turner – Call Out To Artists and Venues

You may have seen that the brilliant Frank Turner has set up #IndependentVenueLove which he is kindly now running in partnership with us and Music Venue Trust so we can help support independent venues during this difficult time. Frank is streaming live shows of his albums from his home once a week, which fans can subscribe…

Big Jeff’s Blog – Lets go to SXSW

Big Jeff’s Blog – Lets go to SXSW

We’re so excited to say that Bristol music legend Big Jeff has been invited to Austin Texas for South by South West music conference and festival in March 2020 – can you help him go by donating and sharing his crowdfunding page? Jeff has been an ambassador for Independent Venue Week for the last 3 years and…

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…

#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…

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…

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN

Independents Day in Partnership with HARMAN

We are excited to announce the launch of Independents Day in partnership with HARMAN, a one-day gathering on 20th August at 229 The Venue, in London. It’s a day where Independent Venue Week (IVW) stakeholders can meet for the first time and share ideas about how to get the most out of IVW during the week,…

How To Release, Monetise & Promote Your Music

How To Release, Monetise & Promote Your Music

An initiative between IVW and CD Baby, these are panels all about learning how to get your music heard by more people via streaming, digital and physical release, distribution, sales, sync licensing, radio and press. The sessions will also welcome questions from the audience. Ticket Links – These are free events, but please RSVP in…

Help us share our work at SXSW

Help us share our work at SXSW

The IVW team have put together a panel proposal for SXSW about the need to diversify the music industry. As a team of four, made up of three women, and founded by one of them, this is an issue that is close to our hearts. Our Sybil will look at how venues can create safe,…

Independent Venue Week Sponsor Profile: Eventbrite

Independent Venue Week Sponsor Profile: Eventbrite

Independent Venue Week is proud to welcome Eventbrite back as its exclusive ticketing partner. One of the founding sponsors of the event, Eventbrite is an ideal ally in our shared mission of celebrating the independent venues that provide a stage for emerging artists to grow in their craft. “As the technology that powers many of…

Q&A – NYC based rock and roll band, Radiant Reveries

Q&A – NYC based rock and roll band, Radiant Reveries

New York-based Radiant Reveries is a New York-based rock band consists of Adam Wallace (Vocals, Guitar), Karolina Wallace (Vocals, Guitar, Percussion), Graham Pence (Vocals, Bass), and Chris Heinz (Drums). You can read more about them on Instagram @radiantreveries or http://www.radiantreveries.com/. Which was the first venue you ever performed at? How did it go? It was…

Q&A – New York-based psychedelic rock band, Job Creators

Q&A – New York-based psychedelic rock band, Job Creators

New York-based Job Creators, a psychedelic rock band, is a two-piece with a bassist and a synth-playing drummer. They’ve played sold-out shows in New York City and Boston, small-town festivals and breweries across New England, and even an old coffin shop in Brooklyn. You can read more about them on BTR Today & WEMF Radio,…

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…

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…

US Venues: Independent Venue Week calls for American venue submissions

US Venues: Independent Venue Week calls for American venue submissions

American Independent venues are welcome to apply to participate in 2019’s US edition of Independent Venue Week here. “I’ve spent a lot of time in independent venues around the world, on stage and as the fan in the crowd. No matter if you’re a superstar or underground act, these places bring music to the people…

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…

Sunday’s Gig Gallery

Sunday’s Gig Gallery

As IVW18 draws to a close, we remember Sunday, our final day, and take a look at performances from Anteros, Horsey, The Magic Gang and more.

We’ve Spent The Week Meeting Our Heros

We’ve Spent The Week Meeting Our Heros

We’re done – what an incredible 7 days. The most enormous thank you ALL for your help and support in making Independent Venue Week’s 5th birthday such an ENORMOUS success. They say don’t meet your heroes. We’ve spent all week meeting ours – the effervescent, the maverick, the tireless, the cheeky, the extremely funny, the…

Saturday’s Gig Gallery

Saturday’s Gig Gallery

As the weekend kicked in during IVW18, we had some amazing shows lined up for a great Saturday night, including shows from Frank Turner, Richard Hawley, Katrina (of Katrina and the Waves), Inheaven and many more.

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.

Thursday’s Gig Gallery

Thursday’s Gig Gallery

Thursday gave us some real treats for IVW18. Check out pictures from Sports Team, DEAD!, Slow Readers Club, and many more below.

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…

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.