Over 120 US Venues and Counting Announced for 2020

The third US edition of Independent Venue Week will take place July 6-12 with over 120 venues confirmed and counting

Venues are still welcome to apply to participate in this year’s edition of Independent Venue Week

Returning for its third iteration in the US, Independent Venue Week has announced the first round of confirmed venues for its 2020 edition. Taking place from July 6-12over 120 independently owned venues in 70 cities spanning 32 states have already confirmed their participation in a week of venue-curated shows celebrating their invaluable role as pillars of artistic community and connection. The still-growing list of participating venues can be found below.

Founded in the UK by Sybil Bell in 2014 to highlight these incredible spaces and featured in Long and Winding Road, a documentary on the UK’s independent music venues featuring Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, the US event has grown rapidly from its first edition in 2018. Participation has soared from 20 venues in its first year, 83 venues in its second, to well over 100 participating venues – and counting – in the upcoming third edition. “Looking at the number of venues signing up this year for Independent Venue Week in the US is incredibly exciting,” says Bell, who wrapped up the seventh UK iteration of Independent Venue Week yesterday, “Venues across both territories, and in fact, around the world have such a huge role to play in the development of artists and crew as well as local and national culture. I can’t wait to come back to the US again this year, visiting new venues and communities around the country and sharing in the rich live music scene.”

The American edition of Independent Venue Week is produced by Marauder. Managing partner Rev. Moose predicts even deeper community engagement in the 2020 event after two years of meteoric growth. “Last year’s edition of Independent Venue Week saw 488 artists play in front of 35,000 fans across 83 venues,” Moose says, “With the number of venues and promoters that are already confirmed for this July, it will be rewarding to see this initiative reach even more fans. We are particularly excited that several independent promoters will be joining us this year. We are unendingly grateful to the partners that have helped us shine light on these business leaders in their own communities.”

Eventbrite has returned as the event’s exclusive ticketing partner. “Independent music venues and promoters need our support year-round, but it’s moments like Independent Venue Week that contribute significantly to a boost in awareness with fans while also shining a light on the challenges the industry is up against,” says Andy Donner, SVP of Music and Corporate Development at Eventbrite, “I’m proud that Eventbrite is partnering with Independent Venue Week for the third year running. Go see live music!” Livestreaming technology company Big Room and Ascend Insurance Brokerage join Eventbrite as the first partners announced for the 2020 event.

IVW US 2020 Partners

Independent venues can still apply to participate – visit the link below to apply today!

Submit Your Venue


Independent Venue Week 2018 @ Pianos (New York, NY) – photo credit: Dana G. Trunk

Independent Venue Week 2020
Participating US Venues (as of Feb. 3)



Zydeco, Birmingham


The Nile Theater, Mesa
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix
191 Toole, Tucson
Club Congress, Tucson
Rialto Theatre, Tucson


The UC Theatre, Berkeley
Lodge Room, Los Angeles
The Satellite, Los Angeles
Elbo Room Jack London, Oakland
The Glass House, Pomona
The Dip, Redding
The Starlet Room, Sacramento
Soda Bar, San Diego
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco
SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara


The Caribou Room, Nederland

District of Columbia

City Winery, Washington
U Street Music Hall, Washington


High Dive, Gainesville


The Foundry, Athens
City Winery, Atlanta


Wooly’s, Des Moines


Beat Kitchen, Chicago
Beauty Bar, Chicago
City Winery, Chicago
Empty Bottle, Chicago
Hideout, Chicago
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Reggies, Chicago
Schubas, Chicago
Sleeping Village, Chicago
Subterranean, Chicago
Thalia Hall, Chicago
Tonic Room, Chicago
The Promontory, Chicago
Fitz’s Spare Keys, Elmhurst
SPACE, Evanston
RocHaus, West Dundee


8 Seconds Saloon, Indianapolis
HI-FI, Indianapolis
The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis
Be Here Now DIY, Muncie


Wave, Wichita


Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette
Howlin’ Wolf Music Club, New Orleans

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O’Brien’s Pub, Allston
City Winery, Boston
The Middle East, Boston
Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River
ONCE Somerville, Somerville


Marble Bar, Detroit
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids


Fine Line, Minneapolis
First Avenue, Minneapolis
The Turf Club, St. Paul


recordBar, Kansas City

North Carolina

The Orange Peel, Asheville
Motorco, Durham
Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh
Magnolia Roots Music Lounge, Wake Forest

New Jersey

The Saint, Asbury Park
White Eagle Hall, Jersey City

New York

Elsewhere, Brooklyn
The Kingsland, Brooklyn

Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Littlefield, Brooklyn
Purgatory, Brooklyn
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn
Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo
The Park Theater, Glens Falls
Arlene’s Grocery, New York
City Winery, New York
The Delancey, New York
Lola, New York
Pianos, New York
S.O.B.’s, New York
United Palace, New York


Annabell’s Lounge, Akron
Jilly’s Music Room, Akron
The Auricle, Canton
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
Grog Shop, Cleveland
The Kent Stage, Kent
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City


Doug Fir Lounge, Portland


Chameleon Club, Lancaster
Mr. Small’s Theatre, Millvale
Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia
City Winery, Philadelphia
The Fire, Philadelphia

Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia
Milkboy Philly, Philadelphia
SOUTH Jazz Club, Philadelphia
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
Underground Arts, Philadelphia
Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
Rex Theater, Pittsburgh
118 North, Wayne

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South Carolina

Charleston Pour House, Charleston

South Dakota

Red Rooster, Aberdeen


The Concourse, Knoxville
City Winery, Nashville
Exit/In, Nashville
Marathon Music Works, Nashville
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville
Mercy Lounge, Nashville
The High Watt, Nashville


Esquire Jazz Club, Amarillo
Barracuda, Austin
Empire Control Room & Garage, Austin
Hotel Vegas, Austin
Mohawk, Austin
North Door, Austin
The Far Out Lounge and Stage, Austin
The Parish, Austin
Acoustic Kitchen, Dallas
Club Dada, Dallas
Deep Ellum Art Co., Dallas
Granada Theater, Dallas
Satellite Bar, Houston
Warehouse Live, Houston
The Bugle Boy, La Grange
ChopShop Live, Roanoke
Paper Tiger, San Antonio
Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon, Spring


Kilby Court, Salt Lake City


The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg
Richmond Music Hall, Richmond
The Broadberry, Richmond
The Camel, Richmond
Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke
The Spot On Kirk, Roanoke


Higher Ground, Burlington


The Crocodile, Seattle
High Dive, Seattle
Nectar Lounge, Seattle
Tractor Tavern, Seattle

West Virginia

123 Pleasant St, Morgantown
Purple Fiddle, Thomas


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