INDEPENDENT VENUE COMMUNITY team

Sybil Bell – Founder

Sybil Bell is Founder of Independent Venue Week and CEO I Like The Sound Of That Ltd. She is also the founder of our development education, and community programme.

Sybil has been an artist manager & label manager, tour manager and promoter, owned a venue and recording studio, has consulted at various trade bodies including UK Music, the MMF and the FAC, has run numerous events including the MPG Awards and co-ordinating international networking events at SXSW for The Department of International Trade. 

Sybil has spoken & curated panels at various events including SXSW in 2011, 2013 and 2016, Bigsound in Australia 2015, given the Keynote at Output, Belfast 2016 and spoken at Pop Montreal and at Mondo in NYC in 2017. More recently she has spoken at BBC Introducing 2019 and 2020.


2 truths, one lie: My real name is Sybil. I got deported from Australia. I can make my tongue do a Mexican wave.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Glasgow Barrowlands 
One album everyone should own: Grace Jones – Island Life. Or Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Dream gig line-up: Radiohead/Portishead (double headliner) , Little Simz, Humphrey Lyttleton
What three words describe you best: Passionate, Mischievous, Grafter
What would be your dream pet: A Springer Spaniel
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I have a motorbike license
Guilty Music Pleasure: M People (reminds me of living in Australia in the early 90’s)
What would your autobiography be called: Bell End 
Who would play you in a film about your life: Emma Thompson

Sam Heffer – Online, Comms & Social Media Manager

Sam joins the IVC team for all things digital, working across both Independent Venue Week and our UK community programme.

Having spent the majority of his professional life in Leeds an independent musician, artist marketing manager and events promoter, Sam has always had a passion for supporting independent music and projects of all kinds through his work.

Sam is looking forward to helping grow IVC’s online presence which will in turn assist in the support of independent venues and creative initiatives that have helped him develop his own career.


2 truths, one lie: I’ve played Glastonbury. I’ve high-fived John Terry. I have an A-Level in Dance.
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: 
The Amphitheatre of Pompeii.
One album everyone should own: I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose – Bombay Bicycle Club.
Dream gig line-up: 
Led Zeppelin, Dave Brubeck, Nirvana.
What three words describe you best: 
Tall, handsome and sarcastic.
What would be your dream pet: 
If not my own dog, a dragon.
Something surprising about you that not many people know: 
Spent two months in Nepal in 2016 teaching English and Music.
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
Don’t believe in them. But if anyone wants to tell me that still listening to Busted is a guilty pleasure, then lock me up and throw away the key.
What would your autobiography be called: 
‘Paper for Lighting Fires and Wrapping Fish’
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
I’d say Ryan Gosling, casting team would go with David Spade.

Brian Murnin – Business Development

Brian Murnin is a Business Development and Strategy specialist, who has led businesses of all shapes and sizes across the media and entertainments industry. He has launched new divisions and major initiatives for household names such as Warner Music Group and BBC Studios, and has helped exciting new media upstarts such as Vice Media and Clash Music grow into global success stories.


2 truths, one lie: I was the official ambassador for Scotland at the 2018 world yoga championships, I beat Ian Brown in an arm-wrestling match – twice, I have appeared on the front cover of Vice Magazine
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: A Love From Outer Space @ The Golden Lion, Todmorden
One album everyone should own: I could literally name about 80! The one that comes to mind this week is celebrating its 30th anniversary – so I’ll go with The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Dream gig line-up: Prince, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Modeselektor, Channel One Soundsystem
What three words describe you best: Big, Daft, and not very Punk
What would be your dream pet: A giant luminous rave gecko with psychedelic poresSomething surprising about you that not many people know: I can do a waist-high heel click from a standing start
Guilty Music Pleasure: The most euphoric northern soul and new york disco
What would your autobiography be called: Big, Daft and not very Punk
Who would play you in a film about your life: A slightly ravey version of Cameron from Ferris Buellers or Rodney from Only Fools and Horses

Kyri Chrisostomou – Manager, Community Programme

A country bumpkin in the big smog, Kyri is originally from Staffordshire. His background is a hybrid of music and business. 

After moving to London to study music at BIMM, Kyri ran an independent artist project, gaining funding from HMUK. This was supported by Wonderland, Clash, Gay Times, BBC Introducing and Foundation FM. Live highlights included gigs at Ronnie Scotts, The Social and BBC Introducing Live. 

Alongside this, He was an administrator for a small family property business, supporting general day-to-day operations across the board. He’s also assisted at music events, gigs & projects including Springboard Live – a national project which promoted new music acts through immersive live music concerts, powered by people aged 16-25, in partnership with BBC Introducing.


2 truths, one lie: I don’t really like coffee, I once sang BV’s for Mica Paris, Jane Mcdonald is my aunty.
One album everyone should own: Blue by Joni Mitchell
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: The Minack Theatre
Dream gig line-up: Joni Mitchell, Amel Larrieux
What three words describe you best: Warm, personable, diligent
What is your dream pet: A baby elephant that never grows
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I was (embarrassingly) on Stars In Their Eyes Kids as Donny Osmond, age 12
Guilty Music Pleasure: Britney
What would your autobiography be called: Almost, But Not Quite…
Who would play you in a film about your life: Valentina from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, out of drag, if they put on about three stone 

Joseph Kenway – Venue & Reps Manager

Joe is a specialist in project management and has a background firmly rooted in venues and live music.

He comes with a wealth of experience in promoting, production, marketing, conference and panel organisation and live streaming – delivering success on a multitude of projects, both in freelance roles and whilst in house at the Brudenell Social Club and the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds.


2 truths, one lie: have a camper van with fully functioning patio doors. Allergic to quavers. Once lived next to Sol Campbell for 24 hrs
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Barrowlands, Glasgow
One album everyone should own: Entertainment! Gang of Four
Dream gig line-up: Mitski, Black Midi, Sleaford Mods
What three words describe you best: sarcastic, enthusiastic, human
What would be your dream pet: cat
Something surprising about you that not many people know: Czech heritage
Guilty Music Pleasure: the simpsons sing the blues (great record)
What would your autobiography be called: so, it’s come to this..
Who would play you in a film about your life: the last person to be asked

Erin Gibson – Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Hailing from the north, plant and dog mum Erin graduated from LIPA in 2017 and has spent most of her life in venues both on and off stage as a drummer and in various crew roles. From selling merch on international tours, to repping local shows: Erin’s passion lies in making live music happen.

Erin moved to London in 2018 to become an operational manager for a music industry charity and is now extremely excited to be the newest member of the team! 


2 truths, one lie: I am an identical twin, I am a drummer, I have a pet snake
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Barrowland Ballroom
One album everyone should own: Folklore – T Swifty or SPICE – The Spice Girls
Dream gig line-up: Biffy Clyro, Amy Whinehouse, Mcfly, Holly Humberstone
What three words describe you best: Fun, strong, dramatic
What would be your dream pet: A whippet
Something surprising about you that not many people know: I once went to Borneo to work in an orangutan sanctuary
Guilty Music Pleasure: Guilt-free, but Evanescence seems to be something everyone thinks I should be ashamed of! Closely followed by The Last Five Years musical sound track
What would your autobiography be called: Other books will be more interesting
Who would play you in a film about your life: Phoebe Buffet

Adam Webb – Policy & Industry Insight

Adam is an award-winning PR and communications specialist with his own consultancy, and over 20 years experience of working across music, technology and public policy. He currently works for the likes of the Music Managers Forum and Driift, Act, and leads the highly successful FanFair Alliance campaign that has delivered significant reforms to the highly controversial secondary ticketing market.  


2 truths, one lie: I have a West Ham season ticket, PJ Harvey once borrowed my guitar lead, I released a happy hardcore banger in 1994.  
Venue you’ve never been to but want to visit: Rayleigh, Pink Toothbrush
One album everyone should own: 
The Impressions, This Is My Country  
Dream gig line-up: 
Cleo Sol, LOW, Halsey, Tyler, The Creator, Thee Oh Sees, Cassandra Jenkins (2021 version)
What three words describe you best: 
Cup of tea? 
What would be your dream pet: 
House-trained dog that also walks itself
Something surprising about you that not many people know: 
Wrote a book once. 
Guilty Music Pleasure: 
Proper unreconstructed hairy Metal
What would your autobiography be called:
It Came From Essex
Who would play you in a film about your life: 
Telly Savalas