Thank you all SO much for helping get Independent Venue Week off to the most incredible start this year.

I know you are all in different parts of the country, some having travelled overnight on that AMAZING BBC 6 Music bus.

This IVW is set to be the biggest year yet and we’re grateful to everyone for your support.

Huge thanks to our supporters Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, BBC 6 Music, BBC Sounds, Fred Perry, HARMAN, Musicians Union, PPL, PRS For Music, Yamaha and Yorkshire Tea.

You can follow IVW across our social channels (Twitter and Insta – @IVW_UK and FB @independentvenueweek) during the week.

For amazing on-air coverage, the BBC 6 Homecoming Tour with Steve Lamacq is heading out around the country starting on Monday in Newcastle, Tuesday in Sheffield then on to Cardiff on the Wednesday, Thursday they’re in Exeter and finishing off their week on Friday in Brixton.

Steve will be speaking to venues owners and operators, artists, promoters and fans about the music scene in their area.

Big Jeff is also out on tour and will be sharing his experiences on a blog on our website which we will be publishing after IVW. You can follow him on Twitter here and on Instagram here on his travels until then and using #BigJeffIVWTour.

Each night after the broadcast, Steve and his team, supported by BBC Music, will be heading out to a show put on by IVW in an official Independent Venue Week venue. All sold out now but we have Nadine Shah at The Cluny on Monday, Self EsteemplaysThe Leadmill in Sheffield on Tuesday, Wednesday it’s Gruff Rhys at Clwb Ifor Bach before heading to the Exeter Cavern for Frank Turner.

Friday is special show with IVW Amabssador Anna Calvi at The Windmill Brixton.

There are over 800 gigs taking place across the UK alongside other tours and shows including BC Camplight, Pigs x7, TOY, Sinead O’Brien, Demob Happy on a DIY tour, Toyah Wilcox, Stereo MC’s Twin Atlantic, Morcheeba, Goat Girl, Black Country New Road, Raging Speedhorn.

The lovely folk at Fred Perry are keen to hear all about the #IVW20 shows you went to and are asking for keen gig-goers to write in a 250 word review with photos. Send them to reviews@fredperry.com for a chance to get published on their subculture page.

Long and Winding Road, our documentary about venues with Philip Selway (Radiohead) is showing in a very small number of venues following our worldwide premiere on Tues 21st Jan and our second live record IVW Live19 is out on vinyl on the 24th Jan featuring Public Service Broadcasting, Pip Blom, Rozi Plain, This is the Kit, Talk Show and Cancer Bats among others.

There are so many shows for you to go to so please check out our tickets page for more details.

See you down the front.

#IVW20

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