“Independent Venue Week this year is by far the biggest and busiest. Every year we get excited about how much the program grows but there is definitely something about our 7th year that feels more significant.
“We’re particularly excited about Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Homecoming Tour. He’s toured IVW for the last four years with 6 Music and BBC Sounds and it’s been fantastic to see him and his crew travel the country visiting venues and meeting people in communities large and small – all passionate about their local live music scene.
“We’re joining him in Newcastle where we have Nadine Shah at The Cluny, The Leadmill in Sheffield for Self Esteem, Cardiff for Gruff Rhys at Clwb Ifor Bach, and Windmill Brixton for a very intimate show with our ambassador, Anna Calvi.
“For me and the team the best bit about IVW is getting out around the country and meeting the venue owners and operators in person that we deal with on email or by phone all year. Getting to see their venues and meet the artists and local gig goers is such a magical way to spend the week. It makes the 12 months of planning so worthwhile.”
Sybil Bell, Founder and CEO of IVW