It was an unforgettable Friday for #IVW24….

Antony Szmierek and Picture Parlour closed the BBC 6 Music Tour at the Rockin’ Chair in Wrexham in perfect fashion; energy from an eager crowd, great music and most importantly, an incredible venue to host it all. Thank you so much to Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and the entire BBC 6 Music team for their support of #IVW24 and independent venues around the UK. You can listen back to the entire tour on BBC Sounds for the next 30 days if you wanted to relive the magic, of which we definitely recommend….

There was all sorts of amazing programming that venues were putting on for their local communities to round off the working week: The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell continued their daily “Cav Presents…” nights, this time with Kitty Fitz, Samuel Nicholson, Lilo and Preen. The regular feature has seen some stellar line ups this week and Stockwell is very lucky to have the Cav in our opinion! Not too far from there, Misty Miller played Morocco Bound bookshop for Mango Wax Records in London Bridge – the capital was really treated last night.

In the North East, Ne Volume Bar in Stockton-on-Tees hosted Reverend and the Makers for an iconic DJ set that kicked off the weekend in style, whilst Cafe Etch brought the laughs in with their Improvised Comedy Graduation Show.

In the Midlands, TVAM brought their unique sound on their #IVW24 tour to Firebug in Leicester before they head to the Black Prince in Northampton tonight, whilst the Captain’s Bar in Stoke hosted Formal Sppeedwear, The Accident Group and Ox Scapula.

And in Wales, Ty Tawe in Swansea were once again flying the flag for Welsh language music with Meinir Gwilym whilst the Scala in Merthyr Tydfil continued their ethos of platforming local Welsh artists with Tin Can Car, Bag Of Cats and Annual Killers.

Who’s ready for the last two days of #IVW24? Take a look at our SHOWS page if you haven’t decided which independent venues you are off to yet!

Have fun, stay safe!

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