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Independent Venue Week to return

By | Published on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is back, people. Well, not right now, that would be insane. But it’s coming back for year number two from 26 Jan to 1 Feb, and this time that there Frank Turner will be the event’s Ambassador, which may or may not have something to do with Ferrero Rocher. Does that reference even make sense any more? Confused kids just need to know that Turner will definitely be dishing out free chocolates at every show.

Five times bigger than in year number one, a heady 85 venues will be participating in Indie Venue Week next year, which is a lot of chocolate for Turner to buy, and the likes of BBC Introducing, Xfm, Rough Trade, Domino Records, Noisey, Boiler Room, Communion, 13 Artists, The 405, Fierce Panda, Club Fandango and Huw Stevens will be hosting shows as part of the programme. Stevens will be in charge of the Dip Dabs.

The whole shebang (possibly excluding all those free sweeties) is supported by Arts Council England, whose Director of Music Helen Sprott said: “Independent music venues are an invaluable part of our national music ecology. They are often the places where people across England first experience live music and for many years these venues have also provided the vascular system by which artists have been able to tour the nation”.

She went on: “It is this dual role, nurturing both audiences and talent, that sits at the heart of Independent Venue Week and we are delighted to be supporting this celebration of grassroots music through our Grants For The Arts programme”.

Lovely. The Black Jacks are on Sprott. Turner will play two shows himself as part of the IVW proceedings, including one at 93 Feet East where he played his first ever gig.