The campaign aims to focus on the small venues that are the life blood to bands at all stages of their career
Every music fan has a special place in their heart for their favourite independent music venue, and here in Bristol we are, let’s be honest, spoilt for choice. Whether it be the pillared catacombs of the Fleece that tickles your fancy, or the Exchange’s murky depths that you want to spend every evening, let your appreciation be known during the third ever Independent Venue Week!
Kicking off next year on the 25th January and ending a week later on the 31st, the campaign aims to focus on the small venues that are the life blood to bands at all stages of their career. Over 120 venues are signed up to participate this year from all over the country.
Along with a week of special one off gigs, the organisation have also announced this years ambassadors, the Mercury Prize nominated Wolf Alice, a band that are no stranger to playing intimate venues. Other artists taking part in the festivities include Childhood, Edwin Collins and Everything Everything with events being curated by the likes of Rob Da Bank and BBC Introducing.
If that isn’t enough to get you excited, the week is also partnering with a charities ‘Attitude is Everything‘, an organisation that helps improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and ‘Stay Up Late‘, a charity that links adults with learning disabilities in a buddy system so they can go to live gigs together. They’ve even managed to squeeze in workshops helping 14-20 year olds develop a career in live music touring and production.
Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements over the next few months, but by the looks of things already, this should be the best Independent Venue Week yet.
Check out Wolf Alice’s ‘Freazy’ right here: