INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2021 MONDAY 25 JANUARY – SUNDAY 31 JANUARY
OVER 110 INDEPENDENT UK VENUES ACROSS 12 REGIONS + THE NATIONS 141 EVENTS AND COUNTING
96 PERFORMANCES | 23 ‘IN CONVERSATIONS’
11 INDUSTRY PANELS | 2 QUIZZES | 1 DOCUMENTARY
1 FESTIVAL – Official partner of MUSIC FEEDS festival
IVW 21’s Ambassadors: ARLO PARKS, GRUFF RHYS / WALES,
JORDAN ADETUNJI / N.IRELAND, AMY MACDONALD / SCOTLAND
Other artists involved inc. BLOSSOMS, BOMBAY BICYCLE, CLUB, CHUBBY & THE GANG, COWGIRL, DRY CLEANING, FONTAINES D.C, FRANK TURNER, GERRY LYONS, IDLES, JOHNNY MARR, NEW PAGANS, SAM SMITH, SIMONE BUTLER / PRIMAL SCREAM, SKIN, PETER SELWAY / RADIOHEAD, YOUNG KNIVES, + more
In partnership with – ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, CREATIVE SCOTLAND, SEE TICKETS, YAMAHA, FRED PERRY, PPL, THE MUSICIANS UNION, THE F LIST, LOADIN.COM
Full schedule + tickets here
Launch Announcement Event Film here | Press images here
Independent Venue Week 2021 announces it’s full schedule for it’s eighth edition, which will take place next week from Monday 25 January to Sunday 31 January. This year will be digital to prioritise the health and well-being of the community, but still with over 141 virtual events taking place across the nations. Over 110 venues across the UK have signed up to take part playing host to performances, ‘In Conversation’ interviews, panel discussions with industry professionals, the official IVW Quiz hosted by Duglas Stewart of BMX Bandits and the online premiere screening of ‘On The Road with Independent Venue Week’, with a live Q&A. MUSIC FEEDS festival is the latest official partnership for the week bringing a massive line-up of performances from the likes of Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Fontaines D.C + many more. Tickets prices vary and can be purchased here.
TUESDAY 26 JANUARY FROM 10AM | Watch live here
Gruff Rhys, Independent Venue Week 2021’s Welsh ambassador has specially curated Ara Deg, an online festival streamed from Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda featuring performances from Welsh artists Gruff Rhys, Brìghde Chaimbeul, N’famady Kouyate, Cerys Hafana, Rhodri Davies.
THURSDAY 28 – FRIDAY 29 JANUARY
Independent Venue Week 2021 is the official venue for MUSIC FEEDS, the original at-home charity music festival supporting FareShare to help fight food poverty. The festival gives access to one-of-a-kind performances specially recorded by more than 40 artists to raise funds for charities FareShare, Stagehand and Help Musicians.
It is supported by Co-op, the ethical UK retailer, and presented Everybody Belongs Here, the music event promoter who is working for positive societal change.
Performances inc. Sam Smith, Liam Gallagher, Blossoms, Fontaines D.C., DMC, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, Beverly Knight, Adam Duritz & David Immergluck (Counting Crows), Steve Mason, Kyle Falconer (The View), Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), The Slow Readers Club, + many more.
Tickets are £15 for both days and can be purchased here
BBC 6 MUSIC w/ Steve Lamacq
THE FRIDAY FREE FOR ALL | Independent Venue Week Special
FRIDAY 29 JANUARY – 6-7PM | Listen live here
Steve Lamacq dedicates his show to IVW playing music picked by indie venues such as The Joiners, Southampton and accompanied by messages from key people in the scene, as well as, an interview and live performance from IVW’s 2021 ambassador, Arlo Parks. Friday will also mark the date of Arlo’s debut album release – Collapsed in Sunbeams.
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2021 AMBASSADOR SHOW: ARLO PARKS, Bush Hall, London
SUNDAY 31 JANUARY – 7PM | Tickets via donation w/ round 360 viewing option
From Monday – Sunday, a massive line-up of shows will be streamed from right across the UK, hosted by different independent venues –
Alasdair Roberts Trio / The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, eädyth / Cardiff MADE, Cardiff, Connor Fyfe + Emily Rhodes / Bootleg Social, Blackpool, Cowgirl / Fulford Arms, York, Gerry Lyons / Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, Lau. ra / Hot Box Live Events – Chelmsford, New Pagans / Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast, New Model Army / The Mill, Bradford, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) / The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, Natalie McCool + Pixey at the brand new music venue – Future Yard, Birkenhead + much much more.
The Boileroom, Guilford stages a full week of happenings including performances from Never Not Nothing, Guilford Jazz present Trish Clowes, a showing of ‘Screening The Venues That Changed Everything’ + ‘In Conversation’ interviews – see here.
Frank Turner will play an ‘all request’ YouTube solo show in support to save some of the UK’s favorite indie venues – Boom, Leeds, and The Waterloo, Blackpool, whilst Young Knives will be performing a special set to support The Adelphi, Hull.
Very special streams will also coming from IDLES and Bombay Bicycle Club – stay tuned to the IVW site for more details.
To view all performances taking place across IVW, please visit: independentvenueweek.com/uk/ivw21-schedule
‘IN CONVERSATION’ INTERVIEWS
TAKE 5 w/ SIMONE BUTLER, PRIMAL SCREAM
MONDAY 25 – SUNDAY 31 JANUARY – 7PM DAILY | Watch live here
Guests inc. Johnny Marr, Skin, Andy Bell, Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods), Roni Size, Leila Moss, Matt Everitt
THE BIG JEFF CHAT
MONDAY 25 – SUNDAY 31 JANUARY – 1PM DAILY | Watch live here
Artist, legendary gig goer, and disability ambassador for IVW, Big Jeff, speaks to musicians about anything + everything, often touching on mental health and wellbeing.
Guests inc. The Blinders, Dry Cleaning, Chubby and the Gang and more.
FRIDAY 29 JANUARY – 8PM | Watch live here
Guests inc. Kevin Cole – KEXP
IN CONVERSATION w/ ROB WILMHURST, CEO of SEETICKETS, hosted by Boileroom, Guilford
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY – 6PM | Watch live here
IN CONVERSATION w/ LUCY WOOD AND RUTH BUTLER, The Roundhouse, London
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY – 12PM | Watch live here
IN CONVERSATION w/ ADRIAN UTLEY, PORTISHEAD
FIRESIDE CHAT w/ BRIX SMITH + YOUTH
They chat about their careers, playing grassroots music venues and working together,
PANELS w/ industry professionals
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2021 PANEL: MUSIC, CULTURE, & THE NIGHT ECONOMY
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY – 3PM | Watch here
A look at what music, grassroots venues and culture mean to local communities, how they have been impacted over the last year, and what can be learnt to protect them in the future.
Guests inc. Andy Burnham – Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tracy Brabin – Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin – CEO UK Music, Big Jeff – Bristol Gig-goer and Artist, Nathan Clark – Owner, Brudenell Social Club (Host), Dom Frazer – Owner, The Boileroom
NTIA (NIGHT TIME INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION): THE NIGHT TIME ECONOMY FORUM
TUESDAY 26 JANUARY – 1-3PM | Sign up here
An opportunity for business owners and managers to proactively discuss and debate key issues surrounding Covid-19, Licensing, Insurance, Exit Strategy and sustainability over the next 12 months and beyond. The NTIA works with the Government via DCMS and BEIS, looking at protocols for the safe exit of the hospitality industry, in particular the night-time and events sector businesses post lockdown. NTIA has formed an All Party Political Group for the Night Time Economy supported by 35 Westminster MPs, looking at driving for further financial support for the night time sector.
THE BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB & PPL PRESENT: ACCELERATING YOUR MUSIC CAREER
WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY – 6:30PM | Watch live here
An introduction to the Yorkshire PPL Momentum Accelerator Music Fund, how it supported those making music in 2020, what’s planned for 2021 and top tips on how to get funded!
Guests inc. Leeds-based musician Harkin, Samuel Whiskas – Music:Leeds, Nancy Mills – PPL, Aja Garrod-Prance – RS Foundation
GIG BUDDIES & INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK
THURSDAY 28JANUARY – 8PM | Watch live here
Access can be a huge factor to many people’s nights out – Gig goers need to know if they can get in, artists need to know if they can get on stage, and venues need to know the needs of their audience so that their space can accommodate as many people as possible. This ‘Access All Areas’ Panel is hosted by Gig Buddies and here to discuss what it means for a venue to be accessible for punters and players.
Guests inc. Pete Sparkes – Drake Music Scotland, Nick Stewart – Sneaky Pete’s, Rich Legate – Attitude is Everything.
In partnership with CMU –
THE GRASS ROOTS LIVE MUSIC ECOSYSTEM
TUESDAY 26 JANUARY – 5PM | Watch live here
The challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the live music community more proactively collaborating, sharing ideas and campaigning in a joined-up fashion. How could such collaboration benefit the live music industry beyond COVID and how can it be best achieved? How important is it for the different strands of the live sector – promoters, venues, agents, ticketing companies, tour managers and production crews – to regularly connect and speak as one? Does the live industry need to work closer with the record industry, the music publishers and the artist managers? And how can major players in live music better support the independents?
Guests inc. David Martin – CEO, Featured Artists Coalition, Ellie Giles – Founder, Step Music Management + Board Member MMF, Sybil Bell – Founder, IVW and Yes We Can
ACCESS TO ARTIST AND CULTURE: HOW COVID DROVE LONG OVERDUE CHANGE WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY – 5PM | Watch live here
The disabled community has been asking for more digital access to arts and education for years. It took COVID and a worldwide shutdown of live entertainment for the industry at large to embrace such a thing. Of the live-streamed shows and platforms that have really gained momentum this year, which are truly accessible to all, and how can the experience be further enhanced? How can we ensure such accessibility is maintained after the pandemic? And equally, how to we ensure that – as the live sector returns to normal but under huge commercial pressures – that the industry remains committed to making venues, festivals and real-world shows as accessible as possible?
Guests inc. Carien Majer – CEO, Drake Music, Jacob Adams – Head of Research And Campaigns, Attitude Is Everything, Ruth Kelly – artist, Ruth Patterson – artist
THE FUTURE OF THE LIVE COMMUNITY
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY – 5PM | Watch live here
While there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the COVID vaccines are rolled out, the live music industry is currently still in crisis mode. How can the community continue to work together to mitigate the impact as COVID restrictions extend? And looking beyond the pandemic, what will the live industry look like when it returns? What infrastructure, talent and independent live music businesses will the industry have lost? And will the rise of live streaming and other new digital technologies change the live music experience and the live music business forever?
Guests inc. Rev Moose – Managing Partner, Marauder and Co-Founder, NIVA, Ric Salmon, Partner, ATC and CEO, Driift, + more
PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING – ON THE ROAD WITH INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK w/ LIVE Q&A HOSTED BY BBC 6 MUSIC
MONDAY 25 JANUARY – 7PM
A documentary filmed with Philip Selway / Radiohead, over two years going to the heart of independent music venues across the country, meeting those who work & play in them.
The feature length film includes interviews with Nick Mason / Pink Floyd, Adrian Utley / Portishead, Fatboy Slim, Nadine Shah, IDLES, Novelist, Richard Hawley, Pip Blom, Big Jeff and more. Filmed on location at independent venues and includes interviews with owners and operators.
Online screening followed by live Q&A w/ Philip Selway / Radiohead, Adrian Utley / Portishead, Dom Fraser / The Boileroom, Rebecca Walker / The Leadmill, Nathan Clark / The Brudenell Social Club, Big Jeff / Bristol, Sybil Bell / IVW Founder + hosted by Matt Everitt / BBC 6 Music.
Tickets are £5.50 and can be purchased here
THE INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK QUIZ hosted by Duglas Stewart / BMX Bandits
SATURDAY 30 JANUARY – 5:30PM | Tickets via donation here
All funds raised will go to Help Musicians UK
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK MUSIC QUIZ hosted by The Grayston Unity
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY – 8:15PM | Free tickets here
Independent Venue Week 2021 is represented by four ambassadors – Arlo Parks, Gruff Rhys / Wales, Jordan Adetunji / N.Ireland, and Amy Macdonald / Scotland and is gratefully funded by a longstanding partnership with Arts Council England along with support from DCMS as part of their £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund program, Creative Scotland, See Tickets, Yamaha, Fred Perry and PPL. The F List and loadin.com are also partners in kind this year. It is the first time See Tickets has been the official ticketing partner but they have long championed independent venues across the UK.
For full event listings please visit: independentvenueweek.com/uk/ticketsandinfo