Running from 28th January to 3rd February, Independent Venue Week serves as a powerful reminder of the important role that independent venues play in the UK’s creative and cultural landscape. Find out what’s on to help you celebrate some of Bristol’s independent venues and the acts they serve.
Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them. Running from Monday 28th January to Sunday 3rd February, IVW serves as a powerful reminder of the important role that independent venues play in the UK’s creative and cultural landscape – serving artists, fans, employees and owners alike.
IVW feels increasingly poignant as we see more and more venues close their doors for the last time. These venues play an important part in the UK’s music industry giving artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and a chance to build bonds with fans that will stick by them. These much loved independent venues are a crucial spring board for acts that one day may go on to play stadiums and festival main stages.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England in the UK and also the wider music industry and brands globally, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.
Below is a guide of what’s on to help you celebrate some of Bristol’s independent venues and the acts they serve.
Monday 28th January – Old Sea Brigade
It really feels like coloring outside of the lines. For as much as the music of Old Sea Brigade remains rooted in Americana, indie, country, rock, and ambient soundscapes, it blurs and breaks barriers, tossing and turning between analog cinematic flourishes and provocative lyricism based on hard-won wisdom. Amidst this mélange of textures, Atlanta-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Cramer allows the emotion to resound loudest on his full-length debut, Ode To A Friend. TICKETS
Tuesday 29th January – You Win Again Gravity + Trigger Thumb – £5 OTD
Wednesday 30th January – Nebula + The Burrell Connection
The Burrell Connection exudes a profound musical talent. As a stalwart figure in Scotland’s underground scene, his midwest American influences have cultivated his highly developed understanding of dance-floor culture, as shown by numerous outstanding releases on various UK labels. Red Light Radio and Noods shows evidence his skills on the decks and an exceptional ear for unique sounds, and his performances across the UK and Europe are wild. TICKETS
Thursday 31st January – Champagne Superchillin’ – TICKETS
Friday 1st February – Air Waves TICKETS
Saturday 2nd February – No Sleep Til Bristol: Nature Of Wires + This Human Condition + Fourth Engine + Sombre Moon TICKETS
Sunday 3rd February – Swearin’ TICKETS
Tuesday 29th January – Tiffany – Pieces of Me Tour (Acoustic) TICKETS
Tiffany has sold over 15 million albums to date. It all started in 1987 when her iconic number one hit single ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’. This IVW she’ll be playing a one hour acoustic set at The Lanes. Expect a selection of her hits as well as songs from her new album “Pieces of Me” released last September.
Tuesday 29th January – Black Midi SOLD OUT
Saturday 2nd February – Free Cake For Every Creature + Slonk TICKETS