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Approved: Andy Inglis on independent venues

By | Published on Tuesday 28 January 2014

Andy Inglis

Independent Venue Week kicks off today, beginning six days of celebratory shows in a selection of the UK’s finest venues.

Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood is acting as ambassador for the event this year, which may or may not mean anything beyond the headlines that grabbed upon the announcement of his role. He did give a lengthy interview to Drowned In Sound about small venues, though the quote most people focussed on was one explaining that Radiohead aren’t really doing anything much right now.

Anyway, enter Andy Inglis, one time owner of independent London venue The Luminaire, currently managing artists and tours. As such, he knows about venues from various angles. And, as you’ll remember from his CMU interview last year, he’s got opinions aplenty on them and the live business as a whole.

And over the last few days he’s been sharing those opinions. First in a piece for The Guardian last week, and then one in more depth for The Quietus yesterday. The latter breaks down into ten points changes he’d like to see made in order to improve and ensure the future of small venues in the UK. From the banning of guestlists to the repealing of the Live Music Act, Inglis’ articles are well-timed to start a debate that’ll probably do more for the indie venue scene than Greenwood’s smiley-faced ambassadordom.