Independent Venue Week returns for its fourth year, celebrating live music around the UK between Monday 23rd-Sunday 29th January.
Held across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the week-long event has added 30 new venues for 2017 with more to be announced, meaning that it is the biggest yet. These include The Bungalow in Paisley, The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, London’s iconic Roundhouse and Halifax’s 18 capacity venue Grayston Unity.
The Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess, has also been announced as this year’s ambassador, following in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. Among the acts set to play live are BBC Sound of 2017 nominees Declan McKenna and Manchester’s rising discordant neo post-punk band, Cabbage alongside Richard Hawley, Goat Girl, The Moonlandingz, The Carnabys and Sam Duckworth, formerly of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, performing The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager with his current project Recreations.
Ticketing company Skiddle will be working in partnership with Independent Venue Week offering a no booking fee offer for many of the shows throughout the week and incentives to help support many of the venues over the whole of 2017. Other partners include Vauxhall as they continue #VivaroOnTour campaign which offers upcoming bands free use of a van for touring and the famous herbal liqueur Jagermeister who will be hosting a series of shows across the week, following their recent involvement with festivals such as Bestival and Field Day.
IVW founder Sybil Bell has said, “What’s so exciting about this year is just how many people are now involved in Independent Venue Week. The support means grassroots venues are benefitting from brilliant artists, promoters and media who are helping to start the year off with some amazing shows. Last year, nearly 40,000 people went to gigs during IVW – a huge boost to venues and a great way for people to kick the January blues into touch.”
This year IVW are also working alongside the gig buddy scheme Stay Up Late where adults with learning disabilities can connect with volunteers who have a similar taste in music so that they can attend gigs together. They are also continuing their work with Attitude Is Everything, a charity improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.
More artists, promoters and venues will be announced soon.
Words by Ebony Frampton