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Independent Venue Week to launch next year

By | Published on Friday 29 November 2013

Independent Venue Week

Independent record shops have Record Store Day, independent record companies have the Independent Label Market, but what about independent venues? Where’s their celebration? It’s like you don’t even care.

Actually, it’s alright, because on 28 Jan next year the first Independent Venue Week will take place, where eighteen small venues around the UK will be celebrated by having gigs put on in them. Over six days (because The Bible says there must be a day of rest), there will be a series of shows at the various participating venues, curated by artists, promoters, labels and blogs.

The event’s co-founder Sybil Bell told CMU: “The struggle to compete with large, sponsor-backed venues makes it a tough and challenging time for independents. Combine this with bands finding it harder to tour due to limited revenues and rising on-the-road costs and we can all see what a difficult climate [smaller] live venues find themselves in. There’s never been a more important time to highlight the importance of these treasured places; getting people excited about discovering new music up close and personal and reigniting fans passion for gig-going”.

Exact details of the shows and their curators are still to be announced, but the involved venues will be:

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)
Half Moon Putney (London)
Norwich Arts Centre
The Cluny (Newcastle)
Clwb Ifor Bach (Cardiff)
Sugarmill (Stoke-On-Trent)
Zanzibar (Liverpool)
The Louisiana (Bristol)
Oh Yeah Centre (Belfast)
The Library (Leeds)
The Joiners (Southampton)
Boileroom (Guilford)
The Leadmill (Sheffield)
The Jericho (Oxford)
Tiki Bar (Plymouth)
Soup Kitchen (Manchester)
The Forum (Tunbridge Wells)
Fibbers (York)