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,…

A Chat With: Tony from Come Play With Me

Today we chatted with the wonderful Tony from Come Play With Me, a charity based in Leeds that helps local artists, usually from the LGBTQ+ community with opportunities to develop their creativity. They also run Women and Marginalised Genders Events & last year hosted LGBTQ The Music events with guests such as Amy Lamé, John…

The Big Jeff Chat – Now Available as a Podcast

We’re over the moon that you can now take The Big Jeff Chat anywhere with you as a podcast. Over the last year legendary gig-goer Former Independent Venue Week ambassador, avid gig-goer and all round legend Big Jeff has been over on our YouTube channel having a friendly chat with someone he admires from the world of independent music. Over the past 12 months he’s chatted with loads of wonderful people including Nadine Shah, Tim Burgess, Billy Nomates, Jeff Barrett of Heavenly Recordings, T.E.E.D & more.

CAN YOU CIC IT? Endorses Audience Access Alliance Accessible Re-Opening Checklist

CAN YOU CIC IT? urges industry to check reopening plans against 10-point checklist to ensure Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent audiences/fans/consumers are not left behind.  CAN YOU CIC IT? is today calling on the UK’s insert relevant industry or ‘venues and events’ etc to check their reopening plans against a 10-point checklist published by the cross-sector Audience Access Alliance. The Audience Access…

Spoken:Heard – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

We’re over the moon that our first ever Spoken:Heard event was a resounding success. Liv Wynter, Desree & 1990sChris paired up with Leeds based DJ Shauna to create one-off compositions which were performed in front of a socially distanced audience. Each performance was completely different from the last and Shauna’s original creations paired well with…

#IVW21 Culture Panel, with Andy Burnham, Tracy Brabin Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Dom Frazer, Big Jeff & Nathan Clark

As part of their digital #IVW21 celebrations, Independent Venue Week co-ordinated a livestreamed panel discussion between venue owners & operators Dom & Nathan, politicians Tracy Brabin and Andy Burnham, UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin & gig-goer Big Jeff. The panel offered a range of perspectives on and different solutions to the challenges faced by the…

Big Jeff’s IVW20 Tour – Day 4

For the next couple of days I was going to be on my own again. Sybil dropped me at Sheffield station and I headed off to one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Calderdale in north west Yorkshire, and the leftist haven known as Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge was probably the most beautiful place I…

Big Jeff’s IVW20 Tour – Day 3

The next day we all parted in our different directions me and Sybil headed south towards Sheffield. I decided to see if I could get a cheeky little shout out from Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC6 Music. It’s amazing what can be achieved with a politely written tweet, it can be very persuasive indeed. We…

Big Jeff Tour – Day 1 & 2

How do I start then – at the very beginning……. I was filled with a certain sense of trepidation because this was my first tour. Over the next week I was going to be in new places every night, I would get used to how a touring band lives life on the road, new towns…