Independent Venue Week reveals Anna Calvi as Ambassador for 2020


Anna Calvi (photo credit: Lucy McLachlan)

Independent Venue Week announces its plans for 2020, Getintothis’ Cath Holland has the scoop.

Independent Venue Week pulled off a major coup today, naming Anna Calvi as their Ambassador for next year’s festivities.

At the press and industry lunchtime event hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens the musician and composer, who this year clocked up a Mercury Music Prize nomination for third studio album Hunter, won a Q Award, and scored the soundtrack to TV show Peaky Blinders, took over the role from last year’s Ambassador Novelist.

Independent Venue Week celebrates grassroots venues all around the country in late Jan/early Feb, just in time for our favourite payday.

‘As an artist who spent many years developing my art in small venues across the UK, it’s such a pleasure to be named the ambassador of Independent Venue Week 2020,’ Calvi said.

‘At a time where independent venues continue to provide a vital platform in every artist’s career, yet still struggle to keep their doors open, it’s more important than ever for every artist, no matter what size, to continue our support and be vocal about their vitality.’

BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds will be supporting Independent Venue Week again in 2020 as Steve Lamacq takes his afternoon show to five locations around the country.

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Tours by BC Camplight, TOY, Warmduscher and Peaness tie in with the week, as do shows around UK by Goat Girl, Turin Brakes, IDLES DJs with more to be announced.